Lucy Bergamini was immersed in Asian culture as child, spending part of her childhood in Japan and the Philippines. Her father grew up in Japan as the son of an adventurous architect. Employed by missionaries, her grandfather gained the opportunity to design and travel throughout China and Japan. This passion for and appreciation of Asian culture is a living tradition in her family. Her father’s work as a science writer for “Time & Life” took her family around the world and made science or math a primary dinner conversation.
Born in Connecticut, Lucy traveled extensively throughout her childhood. She regularly visited museums throughout the U.S., Europe and other countries and was exposed to every art form imaginable. In combination with her immersion in Asian culture, these travels and experiences have greatly informed her art. Arts and Sciences were her passion and choosing between an education focused on medicine or the arts was difficult.
Lucy studied at the California College of Arts and has also studied with some of the Italian glass masters when they taught workshops in the United States. To satisfy her love of Biology and medicine, she has studied Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, and Plant Spirit Medicine in Vermont, where she lives. She is also an avid gardener, with a fascination for cultivating the wild medicinal herbs.
Lucy continues to be passionate about glass and science, and is strongly influenced by forms in nature, the human body and by the imagery of cell structure and DNA. Combine this with the Asian influence, Feng Shui, the acceptance and fascination of energy and its interactive dance as the spirit, these are the elements of which she incorporates into each piece.
Lucy's blown forms are fluid, sculptural and timeless. Her latticino vessels are an intricate process of blowing, pulling and twisting glass rods or canes with multiple colors entwined. The canes are then joined and shaped into their desired form – resulting in an exquisite depth and luminescence. In addition to her vessel forms, She has developed a line of glass beads using a similar process of pulling cane. The canes are cut into beads, fire polished into brilliant gems, and then assembled to create her jewelry line.
Over the years Lucy has participated in many one woman and group shows in galleries from Canada, throughout the United States, and Japan. Her work is included in a number of private and public collections, including the Smithsonian, among others. In Vermont, in 1983, Lucy opened her won studio, Vitriesse Glass. From 1998 to 2004, she was on the board of the Glass Art Society, the international organization for glass art.