Authentic Venetian Artisan: M.Caldarone, Glass Artist in Venice, Italy | Venezia Autentica

Authentic Venetian Artisan: M.Caldarone, Glass Artist in Venice, Italy | Venezia Autentica


I’m Massimiliano Caldarone. I was born in Turin and I’m a Glass Artist When I was 16 years old, i saw a Master from Murano transforming glass from solid to liquid using fire, and I fell in love with it. I fell in love with this job. The technique I use is called lampworking: propane and oxygen are combined for feeding a flame, which is then used for transforming glass sticks (sticks that are purchased in multiple colours in Murano by all those who do lampworks) from a solid state into a liquid state and can then be modified into anything we desire. In my case, it depends on what I am creating. For a glass like this one, with a figure, I need at least 2 to 2,5 working hours. If I want to create a more complex composition like this one, where an abstract Gondola is ridden by two figures, I need at least 2 days of work. And then if i create extremely complex pieces, like the one I am currently working on, which as you see is made of multiple elements which have to be combined, a very particular frame of mind is needed, for it is extemely stressful to work on it. It is not possible for me to work constantly on it for more than a certain amount of hours every day. Let us say that with such pieces, I know when i am starting, but I don’t know when I will be done In my work I get inspired by the human nature, by the extremes of the human soul: Love, Hate, Sexuality, Fears and Emotions. Human emotions. As I was showing you before, a connection to Venice is obvious. I love the colours of Venice, I love Venice, and even just walking to coming to work is often a source for inspiration. The nicest compliment I have often received, is to be told that my creations seem to be alive, that they have a sould… and this really pleases me so much! A memory from the past is when I first came to Venice as a teen, when I was 16, and went around looking for a master that would teach me. Unfortunately I found none, because at that time Murano was very close-minded, so I had to make it self-taught. As of now, Venice for me is my little Paradise. While the rest of the world seems to be haunted by violence, daily violence, violence of monitors everywhere, pubblicity, chaos, car hornes, Venice gives you the possibility to just be walking around where there is History, Arts, Culture and as I say to be in the only place in the world where the streets, instead of being streets, undulate! I love liquidity What I love the most about my work, is making use of fire to transform something as glass which is usually cold and still, into something liquid. This contrast between fire and water is what I love the most. Another very important thing for me, is that when I’m working with fire, I am dealing with a flame of 800/900°C: I need to be fully focused on what I am doing, and I feel this as my personal form of meditation. An important message for you all, is to pick your credit card and come contribute to my work! 😀 [That’s right!]


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