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Designer name: Stearns, Thomas
  1936 - 2006
Thomas Stearns - (1936-2006) was the first American to design for Venini from 1959 to 1961 on Fulbright Travel Grant. He came from Cranbrook Academy, and showed up in Murano with new ideas, and no knowledge of the Italian language. From this seemingly impossible situation, Stearns created ground-breaking designs and won the ?best of show? award at the Venice Bienalle of 1962. The judges rescinded the award when it was revealed that he was an American. His pieces made the leap from functional glass to glass as sculpture inaugurating the studio glass movement. His highly collectable designs include the doges hat, spiralato, the facades, and the Sentinel of Venice (only two remaining in existence). Stearns’ designs proved too difficult to put into mass production making them rare and highly valued. They are difficult to collect as only approximately 30 pieces are known to exist


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