French master artists to blow glass at Museum of Glass

28 Sep

French master artists to blow glass in Museum of Glass Hot Shop

Tacoma is getting a new sister city! Biot, a city located on the French Riviera, has a longstanding tradition of glass blowing and is home to several hot shops and glass galleries, including the Serge Lechaczynski International Gallery of Glass. The Knights Templar were established in Biot in 1209 and the city has devoted many of its restored historical structures to glass art. Biot is also linked to the most advanced technology park in Europe, Sophia Antipolis, featuring hundreds of high-tech companies.

Glass art is an important tie between Tacoma and Biot and in celebration of that connection, two renowned French glass blowers will come and perform their artistry in the Museum of Glass hotshop from 10am – noon on October 4th. Please come welcome them to their ville soeur on the Sound! For more information, contact Huguette Marsicano at 206/529-4839 or

Biot Mayor Jean-Pierre Dermit will accompany members of the Biot City Council, French newspaper and television journalists on this historic visit. Besides traditional sister-city programs such as students exchanges and trips, the Tacoma-Biot Sister City Committee, chaired by Huguette Marsicano and Agnès Jensen, foresees exchanges of artists and exhibits to promote the art of glass blowing, the raison d’être of this joining, as well as additional synergies going beyond the glass connection.

ImageJean-Claude Novaro is known not only for his amazing technical and artistic abilities but also his constant exploration of new ways to extend the potential of glass.  He has invented new techniques, like the inclusion of hand painting between layers of glass.  Novaro is one of the most respected master glass blowers in the world, with more than 125 individual and collective shows of his work around the world, including France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

ImageAntoine Pierini learned the basics of glass blowing from his father.  Inspired by major artists like Dale Chihuly and collaborating with international glass artists like David Reekie and Udo Zembock, he has constantly refined his technique through new experiments.  Pierini’s youth and passion have inspired innovative research that has yielded a style of his own in which sobriety of color and originality of design compete with elegance of form.

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