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ARS MURANO was founded in 1982 by Roberto Cammozzo, Elio Raffaeli and Renzo Vianello.
The three partners have different backgrounds but they all previously collaborated with the famous artist Livio Seguso, whose influence proved fundamental in their training.
In his furnace, they learnt to develop precision, love for detail, purity, elegance and a deep understanding of glass.
ARS was created on these same principles, with Renzo, Roberto and Elio integrating their great expertise with a large passion for their art and the natural desire to express it.
When someone visits their furnace, whether it is an artist, a designer, an architect or simply a friend, the feeling is always that of being welcomed by a big family. The glass masters, together with the team of workers that assist them, take their guests on a magic journey towards a whole new world.
Only by living the hustle and bustle, the heat and the atmosphere of an active furnace, can one understand the special melting of creativity and complete trust that joins together artists with different education and different experience in a single way of expression.
Every design speaks a different language and it is only through his devotion, humility and intimate knowledge of the substance, now liquid and incandescent, now hard and cold, that the glassmaker can respect its original features, thus preserving the personality of both the inventor and the creator.
This process is exciting as it means combining the historical tradition of Murano with a continuos exploration of new paths.
This experience refreshes mind and spirit and gives a sense of unification with the whole world through art that is both beauty and poetry.
Besides the artistic laboratory, open to Italian and foreign artists, ARS MURANO is also well known for its modern reinterpretation of the traditional “aquarium”, a glass theme that today is largely imitated by many Venetian factories and also in China and other Eastern countries, but never with the same elegance and richness of details.
ARS MURANO collaborates with Kyohey Fujita (Japan), Federica Marangoni (Venice-Italy), Alfredo Sosabravo (Cuba), Gina Nahlè (Lebanon), Duncan McClellan (USA).
Past collaborations include Mr. Cesar (France) and the beloved Robert Wilson, who recently passed away. ARS MURANO would like to remember and thank Mr. Wilson for all the emotions experienced during the realization of his pieces, that he always ended with a big applause and the joy of a child. It was a sign of simplicity from a man who really knew and really loved the millenary art of glass making.
1998 ART & DESIGN, PALM BEACH
PALAZZO S.GIORGIO, GENOVA
1999 CENTRO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO WILFREDO LAM, LA HABANA
2000 CENTRO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO WILFREDO LAM, LA HABANA
TAN GALLERY, ZURIGO
Murano Glass Factories
From: Murano, the Glass Island
Public factory visits
The most interesting glass factories and ateliers on Murano aren’t open to visitors, for two reasons:
They’re in the business of making glass, not entertaining tourists;
Master glass artisans have spent years refining their proprietary techniques and don’t want competitors taking notes.
Still, as you walk around Murano, you’re likely to find mass-market fornaci or furnaces that welcome tourists. The V.I.A. factory is a good example:
From the Colonna waterbus stop, turn left as you exit the boat platform and walk along the water until you reach a “Fornace Glass” sign on a door below the Calle S. Cipriano street sign. Pass beneath the “Fornace – Entrata Libera” entrance sign, follow the sidewalk, and enter the factory to view a free glassmaking demonstration. (Afterwards, you’ll exit through the showroom.) The demonstration takes less than 10 minutes, but it’s interesting if you haven’t seen a glass furnace.
Tips for visiting:
Look for open factories on weekday mornings. Don’t count on much action during the lunch hour (which can run from noon or 1 p.m. until mid-afternoon).
In Venice, you’re likely to be approached by representatives of touristy factory showrooms that offer free boat trips to Murano. If you accept, be prepared for a high-pressure sales pitch. (I’d recommend getting to Murano by public transportation, which is quick, easy, and pressure-free.)
If you’re a serious glass collector or buyer, you may be able to visit some of the more artistic fornaci by appointment. I’d suggest making arrangements through a gallery, dealer, or decorator who has contacts in Murano. To phone or correspond with workshops directly, buy Michela and Nicoló Scibilia’s Comprehensive Guide to the Island of Murano (see page 8 of this article) and use the listings in its “Production” chapter as a starting point for your planning.
Glass factories are normally closed during August, though a few tourist-oriented demonstration furnaces may stay open. (Check with the Venice tourist office during your visit.)
Murano Glass Factory – Italy
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