University Museums

Title: Emergence Form Series, 1971
Name: Sculpture
Date: 1971
Medium: Glass, blown and gathered, green with veiling
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 8 3/4 × 4 in. (22.2 × 10.2 cm)
Marks: Signed Labino 2-1971
Classification: Decorative Arts, Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Donna Howard. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: um92.505
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Dominic Labino was a research scientist who became interested in studio glass during his successful career in the scientific glass industry. Labino attended The Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA and the Toledo School of Design, Toledo, OH. Labino was vice president and director of research at Johns-Manville Fiber Glass Corporation in Toledo, Ohio, and was instrumental in developing glass fibers resistant to extreme temperatures used in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecrafts.

Labino played a key role in the earliest stages of the American Studio Glass movement. He developed a relatively low-melting raw glass mixture and a small furnace suitable for an artist's workshop. These were used for the first experiments in studio glass blowing at glass workshops held by the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. The workshops were revolutionary because all creative power (and resulting recognition) was given to the glass artist and not the factory or designer. Labino began creating his own artwork in 1963, and his experimental glass decoration using colloidal gold and other chemical components stretched the limits of art glass and paved the way for future glass artists. The Emergence Form Series works were exercises in his experimentation process. This particular sculpture was made using silver chloride causing the yellow coloration and interior veil.

His works of art can be seen in prominent collections throughout the world including the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Toledo Museum of Art.