The Putti Series

Pino Signoretto (1944-2017) is much missed in the world of glass. An internationally celebrated artist, Signoretto started blowing glass at age 10 and was recognized as a maestro by the age of 16. “I was born like this,” Signoretto once said. “I eat, I drink, I live glass.”

The Venetian maestro first worked with Chihuly in 1989 and their collaboration resulted in the Putti series that combined vessel forms with hot-glass figurative sculpture. In their marine series from 1996, mischievous putti cavort with fish, dolphins and other underwater life.  Signoretto was acclaimed as the world’s leading glass sculptor with absolute mastery of his material and he was a very popular instructor with many artists learning from his glass blowing performances.

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