The Galerie Pierini gave a artistic and gastronomic party on April 16, 2016, to celebrate its revival and baptize the new melting furnace with chefs, artists and guests.
The Galerie Pierini Verre Contemporain is located at the entrance of the village of Biot, in a former oil mill of the 15th century, partly built with stones from the ancient fortress of Biot. It is in this exceptional setting, where Biot history and artistic heritage harmoniously blend that the Maitre Verrier Robert Pierini settled in 1979.
Robert Pierini, an exceptional Maitre Verrier
Since then, Robert Pierini has become one of the most talented French Master glassmakers of his generation. In the 80s, he reintroduced the technique of glass blown with the cane. After many trips to the USA and beautiful artistic encounters, he developed a very elegant glass both in colors, shapes as graphic motifs. Today, his works is adorning the living rooms of many people and the summer terraces of prestigious hotels such as the Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel.
Glass, a family history
Today, Antoine Pierini took over from his father to perpetuate this exceptional expertise. He got a passion for the craft of glass from a young age by watching artists working in the glass workshop adjoining the gallery and the family home.
Formed to the techniques of glass on the basics of glass blowing that requires the mastery of fire, colors and shapes, Antoine Pierini in turn became a Maitre Verrier. This incredibly talented artist innovate loves to innovate by exploring new artistic paths far from table glasses and traditional vases.
Yet, the Galerie Pierini has nearly disappeared, swept away by the rushing waters from the violent storm that struck the French Riviera on an evening of October 2015. The town of Biot was not spared, nor the art glassworks. Despite this bad luck, and thanks to their tenacity, Robert and Antoine Pierini fought like mad for the revival of the gallery.
Maitres verriers and starred chefs at work
Today, the art glassworks is completely rebuilt and a new melting furnace was baptized on 16 April to the delight of artists who came back to exhibit in the gallery. A festive evening which was held in collaboration with the starred chefs Michael Fulci (restaurant Les Terraillers in Biot), Jean-Claude Brugel from Les Thermes Marins in Monte Carlo, Emmanuel Lehrer from the Relais & Chateaux Le Mas de Pierre in Saint Paul Vence. The chefs had the honor to perform the Glass Art Cooking with the team of Pierini glassmakers.
Verre et Couvert show
Throughout the evening, the Maitres Verriers played with canes before the admiring eyes of the guests, bustling with the new melting furnace, their breath giving birth to burning colored glass plates that were used to cook meat and fish prepared by the chefs. Then covered by a glass bell fashioned in the workshop, the live-concocted food gently simmered to naturally enhance an explosion of flavors that delighted the taste buds.
Artists exhibiting at the Galerie Pierini
During the evening, the guests were able to admire during their stroll through the gallery, the contemporary works of Robert and Antoine Pierini, of Nicolas Laty, Biot glass artist, Ada Loumani, Maitre Verrier in Valbonne and works made in collaboration with Claude Pelletier, goldsmith and jeweler.
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