20 years in the history of art glass

Being the artistic director of Venini means knowing the work of the glass masters in depth and at the same time knowing how to guide the world's greatest designers towards the realisation of the most amazing creations.

Glass requires infinite patience. Many prominent designers are surprised at the complexity of this material.

For this reason, only by putting designers in contact with great master craftsmen can the synergies necessary to overcome the great natural laws be created.

An intense and outstanding path

The Venini furnace first began to crackle in 1921 and during the war it diversified its production. It was Paolo Venini, an enterprising Milanese lawyer with glassmaking roots, who gave life to the Vetri soffiati muranesi (Blown Murano Glass) company, together with an antique dealer and a Venetian painter.

Already with the early pieces emerging from the furnace there was talk of a revolution: the complicated network of symbols, tunnels and indentations that characterized the production of that period had vanished.

Venini works are now on display at the MoMA in New York, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. After appearances at the International Exhibition in Milan, collections were also exhibited at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and other important international exhibitions.

Today Venini represents the highest level of artistry and innovation in the field of glass, combined with a level of craftsmanship that is unparalleled in the whole world.



In 6 lessons Roberto Gasparotto will illustrate the basics of the art glass tradition that has made the creativity of the Venini masters beloved throughout the world. From the moment of inspiration to the discovery of all the secrets to creating enduring works that bend the laws of physics to their will.

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  • 22_09_2014 22_09_2014
  • 29_09_2014 29_09_2014
  • 06_10_2014 06_10_2014
  • 13_10_2014 13_10_2014
  • 20_10_2014 20_10_2014
  • 27_10_2014 27_10_2014

Lesson n° 1

Design that combines tradition and innovation How to combine inspiration with contemporary tastes and techniques that have produced excellence over the centuries.

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Lesson n° 2

The craftsmanship behind artistically blown transparencies. How to test and sample the exact colour of the glass.

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Lesson n° 3

All the secrets of the the Venini Handkerchief. How a masterpiece of art glass is born, now reinterpreted in contemporary style.

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Lesson n° 4

Glass is a living material. For this reason we need to cool it with extreme care and check for inclusions and imperfections in extreme detail.

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Lesson n° 5

The great contemporary design meets centuries-old techniques. The meticulous genesis of the Bubbles by Tapio Wirkkala.

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Lesson n° 6

How an unmistakable sign is born. All the cold finishes of an art glass company that is loved around the world.

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