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Victor Alan Trabucco was born on June 19, 1949 in Buffalo, New York. He now lives in Clarence, a suburb of Buffalo, with his wife Beverly, between his two sons and their families, in custom houses they built themselves. Victor’s house has a bright, immaculate studio where the three artists worked together.
While a steelworker, Victor saw a lampworking demonstration in 1974. Intrigued, he began studying and experimenting with glass in his basement at home. It did not take long for him to gain considerable recognition as a glass sculptor. His sculptures have received numerous awards, been featured in national art magazines and on a PBS TV documentary. In 1980 he was commissioned to make a crystal elephant that was presented to President Reagan. In 1977 he decided to “take the ultimate challenge of the glass artist”, that of making paperweights. After a year of trial and error, his first successful weights were produced in 1978.
Trabucco’s flowers may appear singly, in bouquets or with a butterfly. Having seen the great Pantin lizards at the Corning Museum of Glass, Victor was challenged to make a lizard as impressive as theirs, which he has done magnificently. His magnum lizard, with 800 individually made scales, is his masterpiece. Having paid so much attention to the technical details has given Trabucco such control over his medium, that he has freedom to express himself artistically as he wishes.
David Alan and Jon Paul are the twin sons of Victor Trabucco, who were born on April 4, 1968 in Clarence, New York. On graduating from high school the twins started assisting their father in the studio. Two years later, in 1987, David and Jon started making their own designs, which they made for almost two decades.
Excerpted from The Dictionary of Glass Paperweights, Paul H. Dunlop, Papier Presse 2009.