Flameworked encased glass

3 1/4 inches in diameter

A Red spotted salamander by Delmo Tarsitano appears on a blue multi petal Dahlia by Debbie Tarsitano

My father and I worked together from 1976 until his death in 1990, fourteen years, which seemed all too short. Dad made his own designs reflecting his lifelong interest in animals, fruit and insect motifs. My designs differed from his, concentrating on flowers, glass canes and latticino (twisted rods of colored glass). During the eighties we made several rare works combining both our talents in one design. My very favorite such paperweight is my father’s red Salamander resting on my blue Dahlia. This piece and several other father-daughter collaborations produced striking, unplanned works that magically came together.