Inaugurating the annual conference of the Glass Art Society, a non-profit organisation that encourages excellence and the development of the glass arts, is an exhibition by the great Murano-born maestro Lino Tagliapietra. He is returning to Italy specifically for the international summit on the island of Murano in Venice, this year's choice of location for being a cradle of glass-blowing.

The Glass Art Society has singled out Lino Tagliapietra, who has been crafting glass for over 70 years, to represent this centuries-old art. An undisputed artisan with impressive skill and inimitable creative flair, Tagliapietra creates works of great fascination that feature psychedelically reticulated surfaces, perfect execution, and extraordinary chromatic effects, where nothing at all is left to chance.

"Ali in vetro" (wings of glass) is the title of a visionary installation of 30 suspended seagulls crafted in glass, accompanying visitors on a poetic path inside the maestro's atelier. "My wish is for the space to welcome all the people who come to visit, allowing them to share in the emotions and sensations I experience every time I realise my ideas through the medium of glass. It involves the feeling I get the very moment my hand touches the tools I have been using for over 70 years. Glass has always been my life. It accepted me, and I have always followed it with respect. In exchange, I have received great satisfaction."

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