Tacoma’s ties with its sister city of Biot, France, are getting stronger this week — through glass. Following on the heels of a student exchange between Tacoma’s Hilltop Artists and the French studio of Antoine Pierini this summer, Pierini comes to the Museum of Glass this week to create work in the Hot Shop, including the latest Kids Design Glass sculpture on Saturday.
The museum’s Kids Design Glass project, which asks young museum visitors to design a whimsical sculpture and chooses the best to be rendered in glass each month, has been successful since its 2005 beginnings, and has included a touring exhibition. Since his first visit in 2012, after Tacoma and Biot officially became sister cities, Pierini has been interested in the program, coordinating communication between the two cities when a Biot student’s design was chosen earlier this year.
“Beyond its normal scope of activities, MOG educates children on the magic of this material and makes them dream too!” said Pierini in a news release. “During a moment, they can imagine becoming a glass artist and express their emotions with this special material.”
From 12-5 p.m. Sunday, the Frenchman will create this month’s creature for Kids Design Glass, and give a talk at 2 p.m. Before that, he’ll be working on his own art. The entire visit will be streamed live on the museum’s website.
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Pierini will return Nov. 1 to work with chef Michael Fulci at the museum’s new “Cooking with Glass” event.