This seminar will look at the history of glass art, focusing on the lineage of longstanding production houses on Murano Island in Venice through an international group of star practitioners based across the globe.
Glass production in Venice dates back to the medieval period when artisan glassmakers were required to move to the island of Murano, thus creating a unique community of craftspeople still active today. This seminar will trace the long history of glassmaking in Venice, emphasizing artisans of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will review key terms specific to the trade, such as Aventurine glass, filigrano, caning, and different types of beads (like murrine and millefiori), as we survey the various techniques engaged for different styles and objects, including chandeliers, vases, jewelry, and other sculptural as well as functional items.
Moreover, we will explore several of the key fornaci or glass workshops–such as Venini, Cenadese, Seguso, and Carlo Moretti–with a view toward how key designers from across the globe, from Carlo Scarpa and Tapio Wirkkala to Ettore Sottsass and Dale Chihuly, have been commissioned to create new iconic designs. Finally, we will visit virtually some of the best sites in Venice for exhibitions of glass today, such as the Cini Foundation on San Giorgio Maggiore, as well as the Glass Stress exhibitions since 2011.
Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will provide an introduction to as well as an in-depth consideration of key examples of glass art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for glass art and its rich history of creation and exhibition in Venice, Italy, and beyond.
Eager to learn more about Glass Art with Dr. Hirsh? We invite you to explore her upcoming seminar, Celebrating the International Year of Glass in 2022