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Dante Marioni Portrait

Dante Marioni

Born:
Mill Valley, California 1964

Active in:

  • Seattle, Washington

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Luce Artist Quote

“Glassblowers are challenged by form . . . The shape that you’re hoping to achieve is the most difficult aspect of it.” Dante Marioni, Glass Focus, 1999


Biography

Dante Marioni has been trained in his craft at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington; Summervail--Colorado Mountain College, in Vail Colorado; and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He is a Young Artist Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 1987. His work is in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y. and the New Zealand National Museum in Auckland. The February/March 1994 issue of American Craft Magazine feature a story about his work: "Dante Marioni: Apprentice to Tradition."

White House Collection of American Crafts online exhibition at http://www.americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/whc/index.html

Additional Biographies

Luce Artist Biography

Dante Marioni’s father, Paul Marioni, was one of the first artists to be involved in the studio glass movement. Dante never expressed an interest in glass, however, until he saw the artist Benjamin Moore blow glass into perfect, symmetrical shapes. Dante worked at The Glass Eye, a studio in Washington, and in 1987 had his first solo show at the William Traver Gallery. All his pieces were sold at the opening, and Dante was able to make a living from his art at just twenty-three years of age.