Dante Marioni was born into a family of glassblowers and from an early age he spent summers at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, USA, before studying glassblowing at The Glass Eye, Washington. Dante’s passion for glass was also stimulated by the artists that he came into contact with from the American studio glass movement in San Francisco. His work reveals combinations of classical Greek, Italian, and modern forms using opaque and transparent colours. His amphoras, vases and ewers are derived from Greek and Etruscan prototypes, yet they are imaginatively and sometimes whimsically reinterpreted. Dante Marioni is considered a master of glassblowing and his work is held in numerous private and public collections worldwide.
‘I have never really been in love with all the obvious qualities of glass. I am more in love with the process and the traditions, age-old and of the contemporary studio variety. Form is always my primary concern; light manipulation and colour are almost an afterthought.’ – Dante Marioni, 2014
Public Collections include:
Victoria & Albert Museum, London; New Zealand National Museum, Auckland; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; National Museum of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden; Japanese National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; American Museum of Art and Design, New York