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Dino Rosin was born in Venice May 30, 1948. His family moved to the glass making island of Murano when he was two months old. At the age of twelve Dino Rosin left school and began work as an apprentice at the Barovier and Toso glassworks where he remained until he joined his brothers, Loredano and Mirko, at their factory, Artvet, in 1963.

Dino Rosin continued at Artvet until 1975 when he moved to Loredano Rosin's newly established studio as his assistant. There, Dino Rosin collaborated with his brother for more than 25 years. Dino Rosin was Loredano Rosin's right hand in the "piazza" and a master in his own right in cold work.

In 1988 Dino Rosin was invited to Pilchuck Glass School in Washington to teach solid free dash hand glass sculpture with Loredano and the American glass artist, William Morris. Examples of his skill at cutting and finishing large glass sculptures have been exhibited throughout the world. Dino Rosin's work is his own name and has also been seen at the Museo dell'arte vetraria in Murano Italy. Dino Rosin is now carrying on in the tradition of his deceased brother Loredano. Dino Rosin's skillful use of "calcedonia" glass is unique and makes his pieces recognizable and highly collectable.


Calcedonia is one of the oldest and rarest types of glass. Calcedonia was first developed on Murano during the mid-fifteenth century. For 500 years, the mystery of creating Calcedonia has fascinated the world. Artifacts made of Calcedonia glass are among the most treasured holdings of many famous museums. The uncertainties and difficulties of Calcedonia glass production were resolved only by the masters of Murano and lost with the fall of the Venetian Republic. The secret of the production of Calcedonia was finally rediscovered by Lorenza Radi in 1856, but lost again by the turn of the 20th century. In 1977, the master Loredano Rosin, working with his brother Dino Rosin, again achieved the miracle of Calcedonia, and used the ancient and historical glass to create hand made sculpture of modern and romantic design. The Striations of color are achieved by adding about 4 1/2 pounds (1 Kilo) of silver nitrate to each batch of Calcedonia glass. The exact shades and degree of striation can not be controlled and creates the unpredicable beauty of each piece.

Press Release for November 14, 2008 Show

    Calcedonia glass, Dino Rosin’s medium of choice, is amongst the most rare types in existence.  The process of creating its striated rainbow array of color was developed in Murano, Italy in approximately 1460.  However, due to the collapse of the Venetian Republic, the delicate technique appeared to be lost in time.  Would the world ever behold a glassmaker of the caliber to unlock the mystery of this unique art form?  Fortunately, brothers Loredano and Dino Rosin answered that question with a resounding “yes” in their own Murano studio, and so once again we are blessed with the gemlike sparkle of Calcedonia.
    In spite of warnings that a partnership with his brother would inhibit his growth as a glass artist, Dino’s technique and creativity thrived as a result of their work together when Dino became Loredano’s apprentice at fifteen.  In 1975, Loredano had opened his own glass studio, and in doing so had fulfilled his life-long dream.  It was only natural that Dino would be supportive of his brother in his efforts, but this was not his first foray into glass sculpture.  He actually left school at the ripe age of twelve in order to apprentice at the distinguished glass foundry of Barovier & Toso, but he was able to refine the Calcedonia technique at his brother’s side.  Dino Rosin has been carrying the secrets of the glass since the regrettable passing of Loredano in 1991. 
A Dino Rosin piece, though made of glass, is at once the fluidity of water; it is the weightlessness of air.  Each freehand sculpture has an ethereal quality that only a true “Maestro” could instill into his piece.  Although it is one of the most difficult mediums to work, the manipulability of glass is unmatched.  A glass piece is ageless, as one can only be destroyed if broken or melted down.  The method requires strength and patience as each sculpture is repeatedly heated and cooled, then carved and polished.  The distinctive colors of Calcedonia, comparable to the stripes in a zoned agate, are created through the introduction of silver nitrate to crystal clear glass.  Patterns found in each Dino Rosin sculpture cannot be controlled since the colors depend solely on the chemical reaction of each batch.  As a result, every statue has the added element of chance upon that of unparalleled mastery.
    Dino Rosin has spent his life perfecting his craft, a fact that is undeniable to the viewer.  He has produced sculptures that both capture and are caressed by light during his twenty-year alliance with Loredano and his solo career.  His pieces can be described as the embodiment of grace, elegance, and an unsurpassed richness.  Nevertheless, words can do no justice for the magic in Rosin’s forms. 
    All this being said, Exposures International, the Southwest’s largest gallery, invites you to meet this renowned artist on Friday, November 14th (3-8 pm).  Dino Rosin will discuss his work as well as unveil the newest additions to his collection.
    Exposures is home to over 100 other gifted artists in addition to Rosin, and features over 20,000 square feet of art display.  Owners Marty and Diane Herman have poured their hearts into the gallery for the past thirteen years, and their attention to detail can be seen in every facet of the space.  They pride themselves on representing the best of the best, so no art lover will be disappointed with this incredible selection of fine art.
    Exposures International’s shows are open to the public.  Valet parking is available during the evening shows.  The gallery requests that guests dress appropriately.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served.  This is Rosin’s first appearance in Sedona, so this event should not be missed!

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