Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino
Founders of American %%Studio Glass%%: Dominick Labino presented documents selected from Labino’s extensive archive, held by the Rakow Research Library, and glass from the Museum’s collection. Materials ranged from copies of photographs of Labino’s “smallest engine” to samples of the Johns Manville #475 marbles that studio artists melted in their furnaces.
Labino strove to create new colors and to develop forms that express the fluid quality of glass. These goals are evident in his Emergence and %%Paperweight%% vase series. His “hot %%cast%%” sculptures are represented by sketches for Icosahedron, created for the Mathematical Sciences Building at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University.
Designs for glass machinery and samples of glass paper, yarn, and fiberglass illustrate Labino’s career in research and development at Johns Manville.
Together, these materials present a visual record of the rich and creative work of Dominick Labino, and showcases his contributions to the American Studio Glass movement, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.