Art Glass

Dominick Labino 


Dominick Labino was an American artist and scientist who is best known for his innovative contributions to the art of glassblowing. Born in 1910 in Ohio, Labino initially studied physics at Ohio State University but discovered a passion for glassblowing while working at the Owens-Illinois Glass Company. He subsequently left his scientific career to pursue art full-time, experimenting with a variety of different glassmaking techniques in order to create bold, colorful pieces that pushed the boundaries of traditional glass art.

One of Labino’s most significant contributions to the field was the development of the small glass furnace, which allowed glassblowers to work in a much smaller space and produce more intricate designs. He went on to create a series of new glass formulations that were specifically designed for use in art, experimenting with different colors and textures to create unique and striking pieces.

Labino was a prolific artist throughout his lifetime, creating tens of thousands of unique glass pieces over the course of his career. His work can be found in museums and private collections all over the world, and he is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of modern glass art.

One of the things that set Labino apart from other glass artists of his time was his willingness to embrace new technologies and materials. He was constantly experimenting with new glass formulas and techniques, and was always searching for ways to create something that had never been seen before. This drive to innovate led him to create some truly groundbreaking pieces, such as his famous “Glass Lollipop” series, which featured vibrant, swirling colors that were unlike anything else being produced at the time.

Despite his many contributions to the field of glass art, Labino remained humble throughout his life and was always willing to share his knowledge and expertise with others. He taught at various universities and art schools, and was always eager to work with young artists and help them to develop their skills.

Today, Labino’s legacy lives on through the work of countless artists who have been inspired by his innovative spirit and groundbreaking designs. His influence can be seen in everything from decorative glassware to architectural glass installations, and his impact on the art world will undoubtedly be felt for many years to come.