Laura de Santillana

Exhibition of Glass Tea Utensils

October 01, 2015 - October 10, 2015

Sponsored by Sojitsu Kobori (the 13th Grand Master of the Enshu Sado School)

Laura de Santillana is the granddaughter of Paolo Venini, a master glass-blower who established the Murano glass factory in Venice.
She has been internationally active as a glass artist whose works can be found in world-renowned museums, including Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
A characteristic feature of Laura’s pieces is that they are reminiscent of the deeply rich colors, yet profound simplicity that one finds in the paintings of Mark Rothko. This is paired with a feminine elegance of form in her work.
Her first solo exhibition in Japan, which was held at Ginza Ippodo Gallery last year, received wide acclaim for having well captured the essence of the pieces’ unique features, in a way that told their story very clearly.
This time, Ginza Ippodo Gallery will exhibit her glass tea utensils. Last year, Laura received tutelage directly under Sojitsu Kobori, the 13th Grand Master of the Enshu Sado School, regarding Japanese tea utensils. This past year, she has been challenging herself in new ways in her approach to studio glass. We sincerely hope that you enjoy the beauty of her forms, and how she expresses Italian sensitivity while also maintaining a Japanese sense of aesthetic.

1955 Born in Venice, Italy
1975-77 Studied at School of Visual Arts in New York. / Worked with world-famous designer Massimo Vignelli, created book design.
1975 Worked on lamp design for her grandfather’s founding company VENINI & C
1995 Met glass master, Simone Cenedese, in Murano and began working with him
2009 Participated in a residency at Museum of Glass de Tacoma in the USA and worked on monumental works
2011 Had a group exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, USA
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
Renwick Gallery, A Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
And others.