Lele e Roberto
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.