Dante Marioni grew up among many artistic influences. His father, Paul Marioni, was involved in the American studio glass movement and, as a result, Dante was constantly exposed to the glass artists of the San Francisco Bay Area. After the Marioni family moved to Seattle, Dante spent summers at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, where his father taught. Marioni learned the art of glassblowing from masters like Lino Tagliapietra, Benjamin Moore, and Richard Marquis.
Marioni has taught and exhibited nationally and internationally. His work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Carnegie Museum of Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Renwick Gallery); the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and the National Museum of Modern Art (Crafts Gallery), Tokyo.
I have never really been in love with all the obvious qualities of glass. I am more in love with the process and the traditions, age-old and of the contemporary studio variety. Form is always my primary concern; light manipulation and color are almost an afterthought. - Dante Marioni