MEDIA RELEASE: VETRO Completes Seven Notable Projects During the Hot Texas Summer

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Next Up “Glass on the Tracks” Annual Holiday Party November 6

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (September 30, 2010) –Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery announced, after last week’s official end of summer, that its team of glass artisans completed seven projects commissioned by commercial and residential clients during the season. This level of activity marks one of Vetro’s biggest summers in its ten year history. Among the commissioned work is a four-part handblown glass niche installation in Fort Worth’s Montgomery Plaza and a handblown glass wall installation in the new Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

For glassblowing studios, especially in Texas, the summer months are traditionally an inactive period because temperatures in the studio easily reach 150 degrees because of the 2,100-degree furnace that contains the molten glass. Accordingly, Vetro schedules its annual maintenance of the furnace for the full month of August. This August, however, the downtime was shortened to two weeks because of client deadlines.

“Our clients come first, and we do what we have to do to produce for them,” said Vetro founder David Gappa. “That’s not to say we didn’t have a few artisans drop from time to time because of the high temperatures. We just drank a lot of water and stayed the course.”

Vetro’s summer lineup included the following: Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida – 7-foot by 20-foot handblown rondel wall installation in the hotel lobby; NASA Hilton in Clearlake, Texas – five handblown 18-inch in diameter “moons” for a celestial installation; Añejo Restaurant in North Richland Hills – handblown “reliquia” vessels for spotlighted niches; Montgomery Plaza management and leasing offices in Fort Worth – handblown rondel installations in niche windows; Sonic Drive-In corporate offices in Grapevine – signature handblown 12-inch “peppermint candy” corporate awards; Legacy of Design Texas – handblown flower and fluted bowl awards for the best interior designers in Texas; and a private Dallas residential chandelier.

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On November 6, 2010, Vetro is hosting its “Glass on the Tracks” annual holiday party, featuring live music by Fate Lions and the popular “Truth or Consequences” auction where if the art doesn’t sell, it is destroyed in a proprietary Glass Guillotine. Also new this year is a raffle for 75 handblown Christmas ornaments to outfit an entire tree. For more information visit


Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery was founded by architectural designer and glass artisan David Gappa in 1998, who followed a passion that was shared by the original Italian glassblowers centuries before him. Located in the historic downtown district of Grapevine, Vetro exhibits a gallery of fine art glass and holds live glassblowing demonstrations daily. Call 817-251-1668 or visit for hours of operation and special events.


Keira Moody, Keira Moody, LLC, 817-235-7875 or [email protected]

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