Marco, Andrea,
Lele e Roberto

Fondazione Berengo

Passion brings together work, technique and history. Shaping art without time.

Sand, water, fire and few simple, ancient utensils: wooden spoons, iron rods, newspaper. That is all you need to make glass and work it.

The mobility of its molecules make it one of the most rigid liquids in the world, and one of the easiest to shape. Only relatively easy, as glass melts at 1,500 degrees Celsius and is mouldable at 800. The temperature as we work is absurdly high: in summer it can reach 55 degrees and in order to stay hydrated we sometimes drink 15 litres of water a day. But physical endurance is only the minimum requirement. You also need precision and strength. Precision because glass must be worked skilfully and fast before it cools; strength because lumps of molten glass can weigh tens of kilos. The technique is so laborious and complicated that for centuries master glassmakers faced the death penalty if they left Murano. The tricks of the trade were to remain secret. Nowadays things have changed, and for our glasswork that has been a great opportunity. An opportunity for unexpected collaborations and wonderful synergies. Like the one between our work groups and contemporary artists of international fame. It has led to timeless pieces, perfect objects that can enchant art lovers, collectors and prestigious galleries.

Some find it strange to see these masterpieces exhibited so close to our workshops, where hard work reigns alongside strict medieval hierarchies and where the same tools are still used as in the 13th century. No new technology, apart from electric light and gas ovens. For us it is the proof that with hard work, discipline and a touch of audacity, one can do incredible things. Such as bringing the past into the present, turning it into art.

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Anna Maschio - Lady D

Anna Maschio

Anna Maschio / Distilleria Bonaventura Maschio
Passion is passed down through the generations. And everybody experiences it in their own way.

Martin Heuberger - Cyclon

Martin Heuberger

Martin Heuberger / Pool4Art
Passion means turning problems into opportunities, until we reach excellence.

Dario Dalla Costa - Jumper

Dario Dalla Costa

Dario Dalla Costa / Dalla Costa Impianti
Passion helps you see what you have always loved with fresh eyes.

Mauro Monaco - Summit

Mauro Monaco

Mauro Monaco Simona Tribuiani / Olio Monaco
Passion creates roads you never would have thought to travel.

Mike Van den Berg - Raving

Mike Van den Berg

Mike Van den Berg / Van Vliet
Passion is doing something good around you.

Mariano Bassan, Stefano Scarin - Brave

Mariano Bassan, Stefano Scarin

Mariano Bassan, Stefano Scarin
Berto's
Passion is growing together, overcoming challenges that seemed insurmountable.

Philippe Bégué - Glider

Philippe Bégué

Philippe Bégué / Bégué Philippe Bégué Bois
Passion grows stronger and more enduring when it is shared.

Gyovanny Tymys - Agility

Gyovanny Tymys

Gyovanny Tymys / RMT Expo
It takes passion to make beauty. One step at at time.

Marco, Andrea, Lele, Roberto - Digger

Marco, Andrea, Lele, Roberto

Marco, Andrea, Lele, Roberto / Fondazione Berengo
Passion brings together work, technique and history. Shaping art without time.