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Victor Chiarizia

SINCE 1975 Victor Chiarizia has explored many facets of glassmaking, including blown, flameworked, cast, etched and sandblasted. Today, Chiarizia’s sculptural works express his thoughts about life, growth and renewal in art glass comprised of two distinctive techniques—hot glass and flameworked glass with vitreous fired-on enamels. Profound images from Chiarizia’s Italian-American background coupled with a boundless imagination give an earthy yet surreal style to much of his sculptural work.
Chiarizia’s glass is well-known for its technical innovations, organic forms and spirited colorations.  His most acclaimed work includes The Botanicals, a series of sculptures with flameworked glass which is treated with multiple applications of enamels to give luster and luminosity to the vines, blossoms, fruit, human hands, and other elements that cling to amorphous hot glass vessels. The Legends and Icons Series also incorporates these techniques along with cast glass elements representing mythical, spiritual or cultural characters which are nestled into lush, clinging vines or stoic ancient tombs. Through their vivid imagery, this body of work illustrates the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth.
Chiarizia also creates limited-edition vessels and sculptures which demonstrate an exceptional use of Incalmo, a 500 year-old Venetian technique that requires the artist to create cup-shape vessels which are then connected to one another on the blow pipe. Incalmo and reverse incalmo are complex and physically demanding processes for even the most experienced glassblowers. Chiarizia uses this unique technique to produce large vertical and diagonal bands of color within a vessel. Another series he has created is the Volcanics, with sand-carved and etched surfaces that reveal deeply organic textures and colorations upon a Pate de Verre base. 
Victor Chiarizia’s work is represented by fine galleries throughout the United States.

Education
The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass / CORNING, NY
Haystack School of Crafts / DEER ISLE, ME
Salem College / PENNSGROVE, NJ

Awards
2004 New Glass Review 25
23rd Annual Habitat Glass Invitational Jurors Award
Museum of Art and Design
2001 & 2002 NICHE Awards for Excellence in Flameworked Glass

Commissions
Ritz Carlton Hotel / CHARLOTTE, NC
Four Seasons Hotel / DENVER, CO
The Terraces / NAPLES, FL
The Palace Hotel / BEIJING
Absolute Vodka / TEANECK, NJ
Royal Caribbean / LONDON, UK
Herald Examiner Building / LOS ANGELES, CA
Sandwich Glass Museum / SANDWICH, MA
The Smithsonian / WASHINGTON, DC
Heublein Corporation / FARMINGTON, CT
St. Thomas Cathedral / NEW YORK, NY
AT&T / NEW YORK, NY
St. Ignatius Church / NEW YORK, NY
The Frick Collection / NEW YORK, NY
Tiffany’s / NEW YORK, NY
Bulgari /NEW YORK, NY
Morgane Le Fay Fashion House / NEW YORK, NY
Barney’s / NEW YORK, NY




Juried Shows

Philadelphia Museum of Art / PHILADELPHIA, PA
American Craft Council (ACC) / BALTIMORE, MD; CHICAGO, IL; and W. SPRINGFIELD, MA
Buyers Market of American Crafts / PHILADELPHIA, PA
Crafts Park Avenue / NEW YORK, NY
International Glass Arts Festival / HSINCHU GLASS MUSEUM, TAIWAN


Books and Publications
Creative Glass / Schiffer Publishing
The Penland Book of Glass / Lark Books
500 Glass Objects / Lark Publishing
Contemporary Glass:  Color, Light & Form / Guild Publishing
Formed of Fire / Salusa Glassworks
Flameworking by Elizabeth Mears / Lark Books
Flame working: Creating Glass Beads, Sculptures & Functional Objects / Lark Books
Contemporary Lampworking Vol. 1 / Salusa Glassworks
Carolina Home and Garden (Featured Artist) / MAY 2011
The Laurel of Asheville (Featured Artist) / MARCH 2011
Carolina Home and Garden / FALL 2008
The Laurel of Asheville (Featured Artist) / JANUARY 2008
Bold Life (Featured Artist) / JULY 2006
NEW GLASS REVIEW 25 / 2004
ArtisticFX Magazine (Featured Artist) / NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2003
The Philadelphia Inquirer / NOVEMBER 15, 2003
American Style Magazine (Featured Artist) / SUMMER 2002
NICHE Magazine for Craft Retailers / WINTER & SPRING 2002, WINTER & SPRING 2001
The Hartford Courant / NOVEMBER 2000 and 1994           
California Visitor Review / OCTOBER 20, 2000           
NICHE Magazine / SUMMER 2000 and SUMMER 1999
The Boston Globe Magazine / DECEMBER 5, 1999
The Crafts Report / SEPTEMBER 1999
Glitter / JANUARY 1999, AUGUST 1998, NOVEMBER 1997
Collector’s Mart / DECEMBER 1998
Cosmetic World / AUGUST 1998
WRCH Radio / MARCH 1998
WFSB News / FEBRUARY 1997
Marilyn’s Ornament Report / MAY 1996


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