Mandolin signed 'Dino Rosin' (on side of base) Calcedonia glass height: 59.69cm (23.5in).
One of the finest glass artists working today, Dino Rosin was born in Venice in 1948 and moved to the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon, known for its world-class glass production, with his family while still an infant. At the age of 12, Rosin began his apprenticeship at the distinguished glass foundry of Barovier & Toso and by the time he was 15, Rosin was working alongside his brother, Loredano, a masterful glass artist who opened his own studio in 1975. Refining the ancient and difficult technique of Calcedonia coloration, Dino and Lorenado were invited to teach their methods of working with molten glass at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State founded by the American glass artist, Dale Chihuly. This collaboration is continued to this day by Dino, who also carries the secrets of his brother's Calcedonia technique since Loredano's passing in 1991.
Each glass piece exquisitely executed by Dino Rosin is unique, not just because of the artist's mastery of the form, but also due to the striations of color achieved with Calcedonia, one of the oldest and rarest types of glass first developed on Murano in the fifteenth century. These designs, achieved by adding a kilo of silver nitrate to each batch of Calcedonia glass, cannot be controlled, which gives each piece an unpredictable and original beauty unable to be duplicated, such as the vibrant swirls of green and purple in the present work, Mandolin. A traditional instrument is given a weighty presentation when housed in this ageless medium by Rosin, a true modern-day maestro with unmatched craftsmanship and artistry deserving him the title.