Win Glassworking Tools in Memory of Elio Quarisa
Remembering Elio Quarisa
Maestro Elio Quarisa worked for years at the finest glass factories in Murano. In his "retirement," he taught glass at schools throughout the world. A well-loved instructor at The Studio, Elio inspired hundreds of artists through his works and instruction. After his death in 2010, a scholarship fund was created by Elio's friends and students to support furnace glassworkers who shared his passion for Venetian glassblowing.
In Elio's memory, Roberto Donà, proprieter of Carlo Donà, maker of fine Venetian glassworking %%tools%% and important friend of Elio, has generously donated a set of 14 tools to The Studio to be presented to an artist who learned from, or was inspired by, Elio. These tools will help an artist continue Elio's tradition of Venetian glassblowing.
Those interested in participating may submit one entry with their personal information, a statement about how they were influenced by Elio (either in person or by his work), and up to three images of their own work. The images and statements may be added to this page below. The deadline for submissions is December 1st. Submissions will be reviewed shortly thereafter and the %%tools%% will be presented to the chosen winner.
Special thanks to Roberto Donà for making and donating these tools in Elio's memory.
Entry to the contest is now closed. View some submissions below, or to see all of the submissions, visit the Remembering Elio page on Flickr.
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Elio Quarisa actually had an impact on our studio long before it was even in existence; truth be told, he was an integral part of how it came to be. The story begins in 2004 when Jon Goldberg, the eventual founder of East Falls Glassworks, Philadelphia's only public access studio, took Elio's class at Corning. Jon had gotten interested in glass about 5 years earlier and it was during Elio's class that he learned not just about how a true maestro creates those venerable old venetian goblets, but also about the great joys of teaching. It was through experiencing Elio's enthusiasm firsthand that the idea was planted for starting a teaching facility in Philadelphia. Before long, this idea became East Falls Glassworks, the shop which I have managed for almost 5 years. In that time, we have had the pleasure of Elio leading two masterclasses (as the first guest instructor the studio had shortly after its opening in 2006 and again in 2009) and it was with much sadness that we posted the news of Elio's passing 2 years ago to the month. Needless to say, he made a lot of friends through sharing his expertise with students who still, in turn, share stories about the man. I have a couple of my own (and an autographed t-shirt to go with a particular story that I will always remember as long as I remain a glassblower) and we are proud to host a couple pages on www.eastfallsglass.com that honor his memory, as well as showcase examples of his work in our office on permanent display. I am writing to request consideration for the set of tools that Mr. Dona has created and generously donated, not directly for myself, but on behalf of the East Falls Glassworks and it's students, to whom the tools will be made available. There are certainly other professionals who are more worthy, if measured on technical merit alone, than the students who come through our doors and struggle with avolios, blown feet, various bits, and all the other difficult aspects of goblet making... however, I can guarantee these tools will be well used and will keep alive the spirit of a man who most enjoyed seeing talent as it was developing (not to mention a good joke). We have a host of great pictures of Elio Quarisa in action, but the picture I'd like to include is the one that has ended the slideshow on our website homepage for years. This is one that, I think, really captures the nature of the man.