When I landed in Grapevine, Texas, the Christmas Capitol of the World, I also discovered its an epi-center of artisans, including Master glass artist David Gappa and the Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery.
In 1999, Gappa founded Vetro, a studio and attached fine art glass gallery, in the historic district of Grapevine, Texas. Watching this master at work is mesmerizing. Creating your own glass ornament work of art (with the assistance of the amazing glass artists at Vetro) was empowering.
Since its opening in 1999, Gappa has cultivated a team of eclectic glass artists who perform their art of glassblowing in Vetro’s state-of-the-art working studio.
It’s almost as if these artisans are “dancing” with the glass, “blowing” through a tube, working the materials, inserting the molen glass into the super hot oven, and then blowing and working it again before finally creating the beautiful piece.
Centuries ago, Italian artisans created the art form of glassblowing. It involved using various techniques to form and shape hot molten glass, resulting in fine art glass that captured the attention of the entire world.
Today, Grapevine’s Vetro (Italian for “glass”) is a nationally-recognized, full-scale working studio and gallery located in Grapevine, Texas that specializes in this celebrated art form. In addition to creating fine art glass, Vetro artists enjoy educating the public about this ancient art form through live demonstrations.
While the Grapevine facility is located in North Texas, the art has spread across regions. Since its inception, Vetro’s glass has found its way into the hands of art collectors, corporate designers, museum curators, celebrities and leaders of state worldwide.