Doppio filo is a collection of vases, bowls, beakers and lamps, made combining two different colours of "filigrana" to obtain mixed graphic patterns on the clear glass. The colourful glass threads are mixed in several combinations as black and white, blue and red, yellow and green, turquoise and pink...
Moka sakè is a collection of small cups to serve coffee or sake. Cups and pitcher have the same height, a feature underlined by the fine black or white rim. Their colour is "fumè": a smokey amber shade giving a warm feeling to the pieces, which are all individually mouth blown and differ slightly one from the other.
Polline is a collection of delicate, simple and elegant glass objects. All pieces are mouth blown freehand using "oro soffiato" technique: 24 carat gold leaves are applied to the hot glass before it is blown; when blown, gold spreads into a fine powder, reminding the pollen of flowers, on the clear glass.
Carnevale is following the collection moiré, adding colours to it. Again "filigrana" technique is being used, but the threads are now colourful, as the streamers and confetti which populate Venezia during carnival days. The beakers are designed as a couple, for water and wine, and the different colours can be combined in several compositions.
Moiré is a collection celebrating "filigrana", a refined glass working technique invented in Murano in the early 16th century. The complex making of these pieces requires the use of crystal rods prepared beforehand and containing lattimo or black glass threads. The name Moiré reminds of the visual perception usually given by the overlapping of two different lines patterns.
Caìgo, meaning "fog" in Venetian dialect, is a set of two feather-light glasses, made in the hues of light grey, ink grey, smoky grey and dark grey. The technique called "sabbiatura" gives to one of the two a smooth touch and thick shadow. The lower and wider glass can be placed on top of the other one, covering up, like fog, the clear glass.
Orizzonti is a collection inspired by the infinite shades of earth and sky. The complex glassmaking technique used is called "incalmo" and consists of welding together two hot open-sided blown glass objects of different colours along their two edges of equal circumference. The two colours meet and merge defining a clear horizontal line: the horizon.
Petali is a collection of small single-flower vases inspired by the shapes and colours of flowers' petals: from pale pink to amethyst, from light grey to aquamarine, from warm amber to smoky brown. The common feature to these glassworks is their roundish shapes and thin, flat profiles.
Briccole are "goti": typical glasses daily used by the masters while working in the glass furnaces. The name of the collection comes from the venetian word used to identify the wooden poles, which dot the lagoon to mark borders and routes. The black glass canes are cut into segments of varying length and gathered up by the still malleable glass, yet to be blown.
Brina means “frost” and is a collection of vases which differ in size and shape, but are unified in their design by the thin, white “filigrana” on their upper part. The refined and ancient glass-making technique called “incalmo” is used to join the smoky amber glass with the white "filigrana".
un giorno in laguna
Un giorno in laguna set has been designed as tribute to the venetian lagoon. Sunrise, day, sunset and night are presented in their shades of colours and in the movement of the tides. Awarded first prize at "Un goto per Venezia" glass competition, the set is part of Murano Glass Museum's permanent collection.
All photos by Giovanni Comparelli
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