Lino Tagliapietra: A Tribute to an Extraordinary Career in Glass

Event organised by Apice

Conversations on Glass is streaming on the YouTube Channel of The Venice Glass Week.

Moderator: Rosa Barovier Mentasti, Glass Historian

William Gudenrath, Resident Advisor, The Corning Museum of Glass
Viola Morioni, Founder and Director, THE POOL NYC
Karol B. Wight, President and Executive Director, The Corning Museum of Glass

The Conference is in English.


William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, author, lecturer, and teacher. He is recognised internationally as one of the foremost authorities on glassmaking techniques of the ancient world through the 18th century. Much of Gudenrath’s life has been dedicated to glass, and in 1995 he moved to Corning, along with his wife Amy Schwartz, to design, build, program, and lead The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, where he continues to serve as the resident advisor. He was monikered the “glass detective” by the Associated Press after the release of his first electronic resource, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking, in 2016. In 2019, he released a follow-up resource, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking, that focuses on Renaissance-style Venetian glass.
In addition to his numerous contributions in print and video on many aspects of glass history, Gudenrath is co-chairman, with Lino Tagliapietra, of the technical committee of Venetian Glass Study Days at the Istituo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice, and serves on the International Advisory Committee UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Viola Romoli was born and raised in Florence, and received her Master Degree in Art History from La Sapienza in Rome. She was awarded the prestigious Hilla Rebay Fellowship from the Guggenheim Museum, where she worked in the Curatorial Department in New York, Bilbao and Venice. After having worked at a number of art galleries and cultural institutions in Madrid (La Residencia de Estudiantes), Brussels (Galerie Greta Meert) and New York (Paula Cooper Gallery), in 2009 she founded the contemporary art gallery THE POOL NYC in New York, with exhibition spaces in Milan and Venice, all of whose scheduled exhibitions she still manages and curates. She has taught classes and given lectures at La Sapienza in Rome and at NYU in New York. She is in the Advisory Board of Fondazione Patria della Bellezza.

Dr. Karol Wight became Executive Director at The Corning Museum of Glass in August 2011 and served as curator of ancient and Islamic glass from August 2011 to July 2017. In January 2015, she was promoted to the position of President and Executive Director of the Museum and is now responsible for oversight of all Museum activities. A specialist in ancient glass, she has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions on ancient art and glass, including Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome (CMoG, 2015). In January 2017, Dr. Wight was appointed to a U.S. State Department advisory post on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) by former President Barack Obama and represents the interests of museums on CPAC. Previously, Dr. Wight was senior curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, located at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California. She received her doctorate in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Event Timings

Wednesday 21 September From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm