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Marvin Lipofsky
Series Fratelli-Toso
16 x 16 x 10 in.

Mold-blown glass, cut and acid polished.

“Series Fratelli-Toso” 1976-1978 (Pictured in
Marvin Lipofsky – A Glass Odyssey, P48, page 33). Created at the Fratelli-Toso Factory, Murano, Italy with the help from maestro (artist) Gianni Toso.

Fabulous example of this break-through body of work that marked a hugh jump in Lipofsky’s development as an artist.


Born in l938, Marvin Lipofsky is world renown as one of the most influential artists involved in initiating the studio Glass Movement. In addition to his contributions as an educator, Marvin Lipofsky founded the Glass Art Society (G.A.S.), and served as president of that organization from 1978-1980. He traveled extensively abroad collaborating with numerous glass artists around the world and was one of the first American artists to travel to Czechoslovakia.

Some of Lipofsky’s most notable awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass in Chicago, Illinois in 20065 and a Masters of the Medium Award from the James Renwick Alliance, Smithsonian, Washington, DC in 2003. He was named an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Glass Art Society in l986 and a California Living Treasure in Sacramento, California in 1985. The artist was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1976 and 1974.

Marvin Lipofsky is extensively represented in public institutions worldwide.


“In Venice he incorporated traditional cane-working techniques into his work but created his own surprising patterns that are unmistakably Lipofsky.” From his book Marvin Lipofsky – A Glass Odyssey