Michael Panetta is an artist with a lot of passion. His passion for glass started at a young age of six years old (even though he didn’t realize it at the time). He remembers being mesmerized by this hot, molten, lava as he watched the “glass blowers” at the Sawdust Festival of Laguna Beach. Little did he know that ten years later he would be reunited with his passion.
While vacationing in Italy in the summer of 1999, he spent an afternoon in a tiny island city known as Murano. He had watched the local glass blowers in amazement, just as he did ten years prior. Michael states, “As I was watching these masters just playing with this hot molten substance, I instantly fell in love with Hand Blown Glass”. After observing the Maestro’s for the better half of the day he knew his journey of being a glass artist had just begun.
Shortly after his vacation he sought out an apprenticeship under a local glass blower John Barber of Laguna Beach. As he was finishing high school he dedicated his free time to learning an understanding how to work with this medium. He studied under John Barber for three years developing his skills and knowledge of his new found medium.
Over the next three years he had worked with a collection of glass blowers. Marcus Thesing, Gavin Heath, and Adam Kahn are amongst the list of artist that shared their knowledge with Michael. Even though he had worked with all of these great artists he felt that something was missing. This is when he decided to go back to where he first fell in love with glass, Murano, Italy.
In the autumn of 2006, Michael packed his bags and headed out to Italy. Upon arrival in Italy he was reminded of his first trip there. He spent three months in Murano studying under world renowned glass artist Pino Signoretto. After watching Pino’s every move Michael felt like he had a greater understanding of glass in every which way. He knew, that with all of this great knowledge he has obtained over the years, he is now ready to put his heart and soul into his passion for glass.
Michael is currently composing lines of work that is a collaboration of everybody’s knowledge that has been handed down to him, with his own style and technique added to it. He often looks to the ocean for his inspiration, making it a part of his everyday life. “The ocean is like glass, so beautiful and clear. It always changing, there is always something new.” He explains “My glass is always changing. My artwork reflects what I love.” He is currently showing his works of glass in galleries and art shows along the west coast.
Michael works closely with clients who wish to create a custom Wall Installation that will beautifully create a focal point for any area.