Robert Dane started blowing glass at Massachusetts College of Art in 1973. He
has studied with Lino Tagliapietra, Pino Signoretto, Martin Janecky, Dan Dailey
and William Morris. He has exhibited his sculpture and glassware widely in
galleries around the country.
His work is in the permanent collections of
numerous museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corning
Museum of Glass, and the Renwick Collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
From 1996 to 2016 he and his wife Jayne owned the Dane Gallery on Nantucket,
where they showed Robert’s work along with the work of some of the top artists
in glass and ceramics.
Robert Dane’s current work is created in his studio in the northern Berkshires of
Western Massachusetts. His work is influenced by the Italian tradition of
glassblowing, and Afro-Cuban music and dance. Vibrant colors and the
spontaneous improvisation of these unique designs give it a distinctly American
flavor, which distinguishes his work in a two thousand year tradition of
My “Tutti Frutti Goblets” are all one of a kind, spontaneous expressions of life’s
pleasures. As in any group, no two are alike. But when they are together, they
enhance each other’s presence, creating a unique and beautiful experience.
They are inspired by the Italian glassblowing tradition, and the diverse and
vibrant world of color around us. My hand blown goblets are very functional. They
are slightly heavier than the Venetian version, and they fit nicely in one’s hand.
They hold the wine well, and set a beautiful table. I celebrate the communion I
share with the people who drink from my glasses.