I met Elio when I was a fledgling glassblower, interning as a tech in Chicago. He was a joy to learn from, endlessly patient. I'll always remember him pulling on his own lips to demonstrate how to properly shape a dolphin's mouth. With his lifetime of training and practice, Elio was the embodiment of the Venetian tradition. His selfless sharing of technique with students was amazing to me, in a profession where so many artists jealously guard the secrets of what they do. As an aspiring professor, I learned so much about how to relate to students from him. As a glass artist, he was always an extraordinary example of humility.
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