The Masters of Glassblowing

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Extremely hot, that is really what I take away from this amazing experience amidst The Masters of Glassblowing in Murano. You have to have skin made out of leather to withstand the temperatures. Drinking 8 litres of water a day is not uncommon for masters Matteo, Roberto, Giovanni, and Maurice.

The Scuola in Venice where I was undertaking an art residency put me in touch with Scuola Del Vetro (School of Glass) Abate Zanetti in Murano. Everyday I had to take the ferry from Venice to Murano to create drawings of the internationally known masters of glassblowing amidst the furnaces.  The only way for me to draw them is to gulp air every few minutes from the open doors and windows. I captured the Masters of Glassblowing in action using pencil as well as ink.

Sometimes the hot glass became so heavy and so many processes needed to be done at once that it required 4 masters to handle it.

The printmaking studio in Venice during the art residency, my view from the window and how they collect the bins!

My solo exhibition Scotland: Darg and Drams, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia, Italy

 

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