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Glass Blowers

1.   Master glass blower Marco

born in Venice in 1966. Son of art of master Gino, he learned to work venetian glass from Master Emilio Nason (to see the book:”TheVenetian glass” of Rosa Barovier Mentasti Editions Electa 1982) far away 1949. Marco, grows learning since child to appreciate the glass art of Murano glass blowing working with father, Gino Marco then embeds himself as part of the Galliano Ferro furnace on Murano. Whilst working in the historical furnace, he matures and enhances his skills working with blown glass. After various years working on Murano, Marco grows as an artist and feels the need to breakout and found a new Company in order to continue the family activity.

Thus, Marco and his sister Michela and Mr Costantini create a new line ofChandeliers which were protected under copyright in October 2008. This range of Murano chandeliers were inspired by the Impressionist artists and paintings of the 19th Century. These chandeliers are inspired by floral paintings from artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, eachglass chandelier created with the synergy of both ancient and modern design. Besides Murano glass chandeliers, master Busato also creates objects such as candelabra and reproductions of classicalvenetian glass creating objects that portray a rare and refined taste in Murano glass.

2.   Maestro Arnaldo Zanella

(1949), Master Murano Glass blower was born in Saint Erasmus, a small island of the venetian lagoon, about three minutes from glass manufacturing island of Murano. Most of people born and living in such a small piece of land, dedicate their life to agriculture and vegetables but Arnaldo's life had to be different. Since his very early childhood, he fell in love with the exquisite beauty that is Italian Murano Glass as a way in which he could help his family with the fruits of his work producing Murano Glass items. When he visited a Venetian Glass furnace with one of his relatives and seeing the kiln in operation with the heat and men bathed in perspiration, the decision was made - Arnaldo also wanted by be a Master Glass blower with the hope that his work would be highly sort after in the future.

In the 50's and 60's, the most popular and important Murano glass factory producing Venetian glass on the island of Muranowas the Seguso Vetri d'Arte furnace, a real breeding ground for Murano glass artists. He worked side by side with Alfredo Barbini, Angelo Seguso, Ermanno Nason Pino Signoretto and several others. Angelo Seguso decided to have him as helper. Arnaldo had the right talents for Seguso's kind of work and in very short but continuous steps, he became an essential member of the Glass blowing team. then Pino Signoretto opened his own furnace-studio (1978) Arnaldo follows the friend in the new venture.

At that time, Afro attended evening courses in drawing, where a local artist was interested in teaching artistic design to the young master glass blower with an interest in increasing his cultural talents. Taking advantage from the experience of Angelo Seguso and Pino Signoretto, Arnaldowas now ready and able to proceed independently as Maestro (master glass blower) at the highest level. In 1985, with some friends, Arnadlo opened his own furnace and studio "Andromeda"

Arnaldo always had a predilection for bright coloured opalescent Murano glass and such a characteristic made Arnaldo an innovaotr in the art of Sculpted Murano Glass. Arnaldo's love for nature beckoned him to spend as much time as he could to study and develop an intricate knowledge of wildlife. This has enabled Arnaldo to reproduce in incredible detail, Murano glassanimals, including Venetian Glass horsesabove all, Glass sculptures of tropical and colorful birds in a large number on glass trees and so on. Arnaldo is a poet of the last generation, deeply appreciated by the connoisseurs from all continents.

3.   Maestro Oscar Zanetti 

was born in 1961 into one of the historic families of Murano. His family was one of the first to move to Muranofrom Venice, when at the end of the thirteenth century, it was decided to relocate all the furnaces to this island for safety reasons. The coat-of-arms of the Zanetti family – representing a fox and a snake – may be seen in the frieze on the Glass Museum, an institution that owes its foundation in 1861 to a member of the Zanetti family. The abbot, Vincenzo Zanetti, devoted his efforts to sustain and promote the art of Murano Glass and founded the School of Glass in 1862.

Both Oscar’s father and grandfather wereMurano Glass masters. Oscar’s grandfather, after whom he was named, was a Glass master for Venini Murano art Glass and opened his own furnace, in 1956, on the Fondamenta Vetrai. with his son Licio, Oscar’s father. Licio had worked for Venini, Cenedese and Alfredo Barbini, and soon became an artist renowned for his creations and for his collaboration with famous artists such as Raul Goldoni, Enzo Scarpa, Fulvio Bianconi and Libero Vitali. Though the furnace represented a future anticipated by many young men on Murano throughout the past century, Oscar was not attracted to it immediately; at the age of twelve he took a job in a metal-working shop. His subsequent introduction to glass was gradual: it began with lamp-work, with which he created objects, figures and animals, and continued with his experience in an actual “
piazza” at Barovier & Toso. In that glasshouse, whose specialty was in the production of chandeliers, Oscar’s passion developed quickly and his predilection for the profession soon became evident. He began at the entry level of ‘garzone’, but was simultaneously offered the opportunity to act as ‘servente’
 and within two years he had acquired a remarkable level of expertise. It was then, in the early Eighties, that his father Licio summoned him to work with him, and this represented a new beginning. It meant a change from blown glass to solid glass – which is still the distinctive characteristic of the production by Vetreria Zanetti – where the glass to be gathered weighed ten times more, where a different technique was required and, what’s more, there was a relationship to be built with his father.

4.   Murano Maestro Luciano Gambaro

My father, Mario GAMBARO is born in Murano in 1941. Our family has always linked his name to glass. My great-grandfather Eduino Iron was the first teacher of the year for Pauly Glass with which he participated in the 1934 Universal Exposition in Chicago. A year later he founded the Iron Glass and C. but the untimely death marks the end. My grandmother, Elia Ferro, was in the 50s among the first women to work to "lamp" (another typical working Murano glass) and around 'the world performing in this process, has left us some years ago but still remember the stories of his encounters with the Kennedy family and a few Stars of American cinema. My father was attracted to glass from a young age and especially by this mediums great creative possibilities. At just 13, he entered as a "helper" in his very first glass blowing furnace and shortly thereafter, begins working with one of the most famous masters of the island, Alfredo Barbini, undisputed artist and innovator. At around 20 years of age, he earned the title of Maestro working for the famous furnace Seguso Vetri d'Arte. Here he devoted himself mainly to the production of blown glass in the jargon called "old Murano" creating dragons glasses, glasses in filigree, fine raised in straw. His skill and especially the great flexibility of the items he produced led him to experiment with other techniques such as the patented Cream Incalmo technique which he began to teach some years later

In the early 70's Seguso Vetri d'Arte unfortunately closed but after a while my father began a short but intense collaboration with Vincenzo Nason. Now feels the need to create something of his own in 1974 with her brother Bruno Poggi, from the master Archimede Seguso, founded the Artistic Glass Gambaro & PoggiAfter almost 40 years since the creation of the company, my father is still the fulcrum and the engine with his taste, his insights, his constant desire to experiment, and most of our lines and our objects are the fruit of his imagination or the collaboration of artists and designers from around the world in recent years have found in his abilities and his artistic skills in the realization of their ideas and their projects.Today, under his teaching, were born and matured many young teachers who lend their "hands" on our furnace.