Vetro Blog

Trinity Terrace’s Installation “Crystal Oasis”

Posted by | Leave a Comment

Trinity Terrace has an absolutely fantastic location in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. Trinity Terrace is a premier continuing care retirement community that has enriched the lives of its residents with their one-of-a-kind art.

David Gappa and his team created and installed, “Crystal Oasis” in 2017.  “Crystal Oasis” is nine-feet wide by fifteen-feet long, and weighs an impressive 1,500 pounds. The ceiling installation of glass consists of over 225 Crystal Spheres and 275 Frosted Optic Spheres that were all hand-blown.  David Gappa says, “For me, working with glass is the magical act of translating the ethereal into solid form.  The creation of each piece is a journey, as I strive to trust in the path our creator chooses for me…a trail of color, form, and function.”  Inspired by all that Trinity Terrace does for its residents, David Gappa and his team are truly blessed to be a permanent part of their establishment.

Check out the details captured in these amazing images!


Mazet Studios Spotlighted By Vetro

Posted by | Leave a Comment

Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery is spotlighting Mazet Studios as a brilliant, flame working, artistic family. Vetro is excited to showcase the Mazet Studios glass artwork to all of our gallery visitors here in Grapevine, Texas!

A bit more about this awesome glass artist family: “Mazet Studios” is the collaborative work of the three Mazet brothers: Joshua, Eli, and Timothy, who have been creating glass art since about 2000. You can find these talented brothers making anything from marbles, mini sculptures, pendants, and shot glasses in Eugene, Oregon. “These three brothers working together allows for a great range of expression, and unlimited potential. Ultimately, they seek to make beautiful objects for people to enjoy and cherish for lifetimes.”

The Mazets might be the most skilled, contemporary, lamp working artists you may ever come across. Their work has received several awards including: The Eugene Glass School Flame-Off, Sonoran Glass Academy Flame-Off, and Glass Craft and Bead Expo Gallery of Excellence. In addition to their studio work, Joshua and Eli, regularly instruct lamp working classes from their private studio and at various schools throughout the U.S.

Presently their work can be found in private collections, public collections, museums, and many fine art galleries. We are very blessed and excited to be able to share the work of Mazet Studios with everyone who visits the Vetro gallery!

Dallas Morning News Features “Introspection”

Posted by | Leave a Comment


North Texas researchers want to delve deeply into the intricacies of the human brain.

And to do it, they’re shoring up research programs, adding space exclusively for neurologists and creating consumer-facing centers that provide, among other things, brain check-up exams.

The efforts are being fueled by a growing national demand for neurological science, as well as the prevalence of conditions such as Alzheimer’s, autism and traumatic brain injuries.


inRead invented by Teads

“The reason you’re seeing more about the brain right now is that it’s time,” said Leanne Young, who heads the University of Texas at Dallas’ new Brain Performance Institute.

On Thursday, UTD’ Center for BrainHealth will officially open a 62,000-square-foot Brain Performance Institute on Mockingbird Lane. It will use virtual simulation technology to provide cognitive training for people with and without brain conditions.

For example, one of the uses is to help people with autism and other social cognition challenges to recognize emotions and facial expressions, and to view in real-time how their own expressions can affect other people.

“From a scientific point of view, there’s a huge amount of excitement” in the brain research world, said Dr. David Owens, acting deputy director of extramural research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

BrainHealth Vetro David Gappa

Glass artist David Gappa created this glass neuron installation titled “Introspection” to mimic the mind for the Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth in Dallas.

(Ben Torres/Special Contributor)

The need to penetrate the mystery of the brain is urgent, as “this is one of the fundamental questions still to crack,” he said. When it comes to the research being done to move things forward, “Texas is well represented,” Owens added. Brain disorders and diseases cost the U.S. economy an estimated $1.5 trillion a year, or about 8.8 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, according to a 2016 report from the Washington, D.C.-based tech policy group, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health launched The Brain Initiative, a $4.5 billion multiyear, multi-agency project to revolutionize scientific knowledge of the billions of neurons and cells that make up our noggins.


Hidden in plain sight: Dallas’ unique subway system

By Parks for Downtown Dallas

The initiative launched with partners from research foundations and institutes, drug and device makers and universities. The University of Texas System aligned more than $20 million in equipment, faculty and other resources to support the project. Texas organizations had already been paving a way for brain research across the state. And projects are expanding to address unmet needs and move research to new levels.

Both UTD and UT Southwestern announced new efforts in recent weeks. They are part of a systemwide priority to “move the needle” on brain research, as system chancellor William McRaven described during a visit to North Texas earlier this year. The projects are funded by federal and state monies, philanthropists and bonds.

UTD’ $82 million Brain Performance Institute was created predominantly with donations from philanthropists, whose contributions were matched by state funding. They raised over $19 million in private money for construction and received $15 million in matching funds from the state and university. The rest was used to cover programming, such as cognitive training for military veterans and law enforcement and reasoning programs for middle-school students.  It’s a unique model that uses the latest science to focus on prevention, Young said.   “Most of the time, people don’t think about their brain until something goes wrong,” she explained. “We’re looking at how can we prevent somebody from ever having to worry.” Services provided at the Brain Performance Institute, including post-acute care for people diagnosed with brain conditions, will not be covered by health insurance. Consumers would pay directly.  The institute will also profit from helping companies design and develop brain healthy workplaces that enhance employee performance.  Still, others remain focused on clinical research and treatments. “And there is always a need for more,” said William Dane, a spokesman for the Brain Injury Association of America. “More research, more beds and more clinicians,” he said.

Texas groups are stepping it up. Earlier this month, for example, UT Southwestern announced plans for a $480 million expansion of its William P. Clements Hospital.  A $36 million gift from the O’Donnell Foundation helped to jump start the effort.  It will include construction of a third tower, in which seven of the 10 floors  will be home to the O’Donnell Brain Institute, where basic science, clinical trials and other research will be conducted. “The goal is to provide the very best and most comprehensive care to those in need today,” said Dr. Daniel Podolsky president of the UT Southwestern Medical Center. A rendering of the $480 million expansion of UT Southwestern’s flagship William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.

(UT Southwestern)

While philanthropic funding helped launch the newest efforts at the two UT System facilities, brain researchers across the state have also taken advantage of NIH funding. So far in 2017, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has issued 221 awards totaling $83.1 million to Texas researchers, and the National Institute of Mental Health has issued 92 awards totaling $35.7 million to local organizations, both in and out of the UT System. They include the Baylor College of Medicine and Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, Austin-based molecular diagnostic company Asuragen and Southern Methodist University. UT Southwestern has been awarded just over $19 million and UTD $2.7 million for brain, stroke and mental health research this year. There’s a downstream positive benefit to Texas’ “confluence of brain activity,” said Owens of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. “They build centers, bring people in. They recruit and then they develop new programs,” he said. And that could position Texas to be a hub of brain research breakthroughs in the future.

ART IMITATES LIFE: Gappa’s Latest Installation for Center for BrainHealth Mimics the Mind

Posted by | Leave a Comment

The magic and beauty of biology have inspired artists for centuries. David Gappa’s newest installation titled “Introspection” is a visible interpretation of an often hidden process in our bodies: the communication of nerves. Designed to capture the essence of thought as it pulsates through a field of synapses, Gappa’s piece artistically translates the catalytic movement of energy as it transfers through our creative minds.

Designed for the Center for BrainHealth, a part of The University of Texas at Dallas, “Introspection” is scheduled to be installed in April 2017. Fifty-feet wide by forty-feet long, and weighing an impressive 5,300 pounds, the intricate installation of glass and steel consists of 175 LED-illuminated glass spires and 1,050 hand-blown glass spheres. Each five-and-a-half-foot spire is individually illuminated, and when programmed, slowly pulsates an array of colors across the entire piece, similar to the electric impulses passed from one nerve cell to another. As the focal point of the research institute’s multi-purpose room, “Introspection” will serve as a visual reminder of the institution’s commitment to enhancing, protecting and restoring brain health across the lifespan.

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Posted by | Leave a Comment
Grapevine’s Vetro Glassblowing Studio a Hot Date spot for Valentine’s

By Marty Sabota

[email protected]


February 12, 2017 07:50 PM

Updated February 13, 2017 06:13 PM



Vetro Glassblowing Studio in Historic Downtown Grapevine — a full working studio with a team of artisans that hold live glassblowing demonstrations daily — is a hot destination throughout the year.  But during the Valentine’s holiday, the heat really turns up.  For three days beginning Friday, the studio and gallery offered Flaming Cocktail Hot Date Night.  The Valentine experience featured flaming cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and hot molten glass. Guests created their own Valentine heart or flower with the assistance of the professional glassblowers.

Each participant chose colors from four preselected mixes and applied the colors to the hot molten glass. The participant stayed by the glass artist while the colors were heated in the 2,000-degree furnace and then blown out. “After all, nothing says love more than fuel, fire and hot molten glass,” said Vetro owner David Gappa. In 1999 he founded Vetro, which is Italian for glass. Gappa created the event several years ago for couples and families to make glass art — with some help, of course. “It takes a little bit of skill,” master glass artist Gappa said. Gappa said the hot date night reservations were made mainly by men for their sweethearts, which always causes a little headache for the business owner and staff. “Guys always wait until the last minute, sometimes even the day of,” he said, adding that frantic mates offer “double or triple” the $195 per couple fee to get a reservation. Gappa accommodates everyone, even though it is tricky making last-minute changes with vendors. Gappa said he is always a planner — his business requires it — but always spends Valentine’s Day working instead of taking out his wife, Jeannine, the mother of their four children. “I am always busy planning around all these holidays, but we never participate in them,” Gappa said. Jeannine doesn’t mind, he said, because every day is a special day with his wife. “I am kind of romantic,” he said.

Read more here:

Romance is also a huge part of Sarah and Stephen Pepper’s lives, who came to Vetro on Friday for his 34th birthday. The couple made blue and yellow flowers to coordinate with their Arlington home. They left their two children, Alice, 6, and Andrew, 3, with his parents. The Pepper’s love story began at Georgetown High School where they met as freshman. The two were good friends and even went to the 2000 and 2001 proms with the same big group — but with different dates. Sarah, a psychologist, and Stephen, who is in real estate acquisitions, coincidentally went to Texas Tech University in Lubbock but had little connection because his interest was law and hers was music. But when both decided to switch their majors to psychology their senior year, they wound up having two classes together. An encounter at a Halloween party sealed the deal and they married on Dec. 30, 2006. Of his birthday gift, Stephen said, “It was awesome transforming molten glass into flowers.” Gappa, who was listening to their vignette, said to the Arlington couple with a smile, “Their lives were sealed with the fiery love of Vetro.”

Marty Sabota: 817-390-7367, @martysabota


More on the next page »