Sunday 23rd March
Today is a free day again. Dorothy suggested to take us all to see some of the great glass workers on the island. We all agreed and a day trip was planned.
First stop was Diego (
what’s his name??) Botticine, he makes contemporary style beads after being influenced by American bead workers that he’s met while traveling in the US. His beads are not so “Murano” looking, he definitely has his own style. He is particularly good at rings. Plus he does some cold work on his beads which gives it a unique look. I’m planning on going back to buy a ring and some “golf ball” beads. I’ll show photos once I get them. I was happy to be at this shop as almost 2 years ago I had come to this shop and I had regretted not buying any of his beads. I’m glad to see that his work is considered highly and that I know have the opportunity to buy from him again. Unfortunately, no photos of his shop 🙁 Diego actually apprenticed under Lucio Bubacco. Dorothy knew of him from taking a class of Lucio’s back in 2005. So she says he’s come a long way since then. I can agree that he has some very nice work.
Next on our day trip was a little shop that sold a mix of things. Glass and tools. We all ogled the tools and asked to see their catalogue. “We don’t make the tools anymore” she said and we cried. But Dorothy said that we have to see Carlo Dona’s shop if we want tools. We dried our eyes and moved onto the next shop. 😉
Next we went to Maximillian Schiavon’s shop. He makes vases with fantastic and interesting detail and cold work. His sister (can’t remember her name) makes hollow glass beads of murrini then encased with an opaque colour then cold-worked diamond drill is used to reveal the murrini. Unique and special. I love the uniqueness and would like to buy one, but at 100 euros for one big hollow bead – I don’t think so.
They had 2 shops and the 2nd one let us have a look at the guy working in the furnace. Dressed well, smoking a cigarette he made a vase or glass of some sort. I got a couple of photos of him.
Marianne and I then headed off the the airport to meet Sharon. She was happy to see us. We got her back to her apartment, got her showered and fed and then we all went back to the studio to torch. This perked up Sharon and she said she’s found the cure to jet lag! She even managed to demonstrate a murrini implosion-style bead to the ‘girls’. Good one Sharon!
I’ll just back track abit, on the way to the studio we stopped in to see Davide Penso’s shop. Great work, very droolable – check out Corina Tettinger’s blog to see a couple of pictures of him and his work. He also does classes!
Another great day but tomorrow Pati Walton & John Olson arrive. They’ll be popping in to give us a couple of demos. Can’twait!