Andrew Iannazzi is interested in iconic design language and imagery. He draws from historical Italian and Swedish design as well as American popular imagery. Glassblowing is the perfect medium for the investigation of these issues. Iannazzi uses his objects to explore functionality, form, and iconic representations. Iannazzi uses off-hand blowing and traditional mold-blowing techniques. Iannazzi began glassblowing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. He has since worked in numerous professional glassblowing facilities throughout the United States. Iannazzi’s design studio is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Iannazzi’s idea for his handmade glass tiki mugs was born when John Gertsen, one of the country’s leading bartenders and previous General Manager of Drink, showed him an opaque, 1950’s era tiki mug from his collection. The two discussed the tiki mug art and concluded that a version crafted of glass would best highlight bright libations, such as the Mai Tai cocktail. Soon after, Iannazzi set out to design the perfect tiki mugs from his Cambridge, MA glass design studio. Now, “every part of the drink is handcrafted,” Iannazzi says, “from the tiki mug down to the juice.” (Source: Boston Magazine)
Behind the Scenes with Andrew Iannazzi
Loud and Proud / Tell us what you do.
“I am a glass artist. I make decorative and functional art forged from molten glass.”
Pick your poison / What is your drink of choice?
“I have no drink of choice. I bartend as well and get asked this question a lot. What is your favorite drink? I just don’t have one. I love beer, wine, and mixed drinks, and have equal love for all of it. I guess in the end it all comes down to whatever you’re pouring.”
Shout out! / Favorite bar in your city?
“State Park, where I also happen to bartend.”
Get serious / What do you love about being an artist/maker?
“Getting to watch people enjoy the fruits of my labor. I love what I do so it’s easy to go to work. Watching someone else get to enjoy what I do or use an object I have made is the real love.”
Pass it on / What advice (wisdom, warning) would you give budding makers?
“Never give up and never stop learning about your medium.”