Pratt Fine Arts Center Announces Venetian Glass Exchange Program
8:00 AM Apr 14 - 11:00 PM Apr 19, 2014
Place: MURANO, ITALY
Host: Pratt Fine Arts Center
Cane & Murrine Mastery – Advanced Hot Shop Technique Davide Salvadore and Flameworking The Figure Lucio Bubacco
1902 South Main Street,
Seattle, WA 98144
206 328.2200 | www.pratt.org
For Immediate Release July 30, 2013
Pratt Fine Arts Center Announces
Venetian Glass Exchange Program
SEATTLE, WA- Pratt has partnered with Venetian Glass Maestros, Davide Salvadore, Mauro
Bonaventura, and Lucio Bubacco to create the Venetian Glass Exchange Program. In
October 2013, Maestros Salvadore and Bonaventura will be traveling from Murano, Italy to
teach in the Pratt Glass studios. The following April 2014, students have the opportunity to
travel to Murano, Italy to study with these Venetian Maestros in their private studios on
the Island of Glass. Students may choose one of two tracks, advanced glassblowing with
Salvadore or advanced flameworking with Bubacco.
The Seattle program offers access to world-class glass museums, galleries, private studios
and collections throughout the city and surrounding areas. Students from all over the
country will have the unique experience of learning specific glass techniques from these
master artists in the epicenter of contemporary glassmaking in America.
The Italian program invites students from all over to the island of Murano, which has been a
celebrated center for glassmaking since the 13th century. Murano’s glassmakers were
considered equals amongst the island’s most prominent citizens. By the 14th century,
glassmakers enjoyed immunity from prosecution by the Venetian Republic, and found their
daughters married into Venice’s most affluent families. While they enjoyed the privileges of
royalty, the glassmakers were not allowed to leave the island of Murano, protecting the
magical secrets of glassmaking from the world. Despite this, many of them took the risk to
leave the island and established glass furnaces in surrounding cities and beyond.
All Maestros in Pratt’s exchange program come from a long lineage of multiple generations
of glassmakers. The opportunity to visit Murano as a glassmaker is rare and special.
Students will experience an island built for the sole purpose of creating glasswork, walk the
alleyways and hear the furnaces firing up, see glass in every window down the street, and
October 21-25, 2013
Cane & Murrine Mastery
– Advanced Hot Shop Technique
October 14-18, 2013
Experimental Figure Sculpting with
Networking at the Torch
April 14-18, 2014
Cane & Murrine Mastery
– Advanced Hot Shop Technique
Flameworking The Figure
soak in the glass culture that has been made here for centuries. This is a rare chance to learn
glass techniques from two world-class Venetian glass masters.
About Davide Salvadore
A descendant of a long line of glassworkers, Davide Salvadore was born in 1953 and still
resides on the island of Murano. He followed his grandfather Antonio and maestro Alfredo
Barbini, into the glass factories, assisting at the prestigious glass houses of Venini and
Barovier & Toso before joining his mother in the family’s glass jewelry business. In 1987,
Salvadore founded his own studio and continues to make expressive one-of-a-kind
sculptures that push the boundaries of tradition. He is a founding member of Centro Studio
Vetro, an organization devoted to promoting Murano’s glass art.
About Lucio Bubacco
Bubacco, born on Murano in 1957, began playing with glass as a boy, making small animals,
beads, and the usual lampworker’s tablet. At fifteen he received his artisan’s license and
began marketing flameworked Venetian memorabilia. His fascination with anatomy, equine
and human, lured him to push bit by bit beyond the perceived technical limits of his craft.
His large freestanding sculpture, worked hot and annealed during the process, is unique in
lampworking made from flexible Murano soda glass canes, not less-breakable Pyrex. His
pieces challenge our notion of lampwork as a primarily decorative and whimsical, stressing
as they do form and plasticity, rather than detailed elaboration and/or narrative content
presented as a mini-installation. Bubacco’s recent explorations with two dimensional
inclusions in blown, solid off-hand and cast glass, burst forth into three dimensional glory, or
are highlighted by cold working through and around the images, as he persists in his quest
to create a living force in glass.
About Mauro Bonaventura
Right from the start, he fell in love and was mesmerized with the incandescent quality of
glass. His career began when learning the techniques of glassblowing and glass decoration
and to date he still remains in the glassmaker's trade. There was a turning point for Mauro in
1992 when he was fortunate to be invited by a glass maestro to observe him in lampworking.
A new passion struck Mauro when he realized this technique enabled him to explore a new
and exciting way of working with glass on a closer and more intimate level. After months of
evening observation and practice, the maestro Mauro Bonaventura decided it was time to
leave the glass factory and concentrate and channel all his energies on the technique of
lampworking. He set up his own studio to become a full time independent artist. In order to
make ends meet, he was involved in typical Venetian production pieces of glass animals,
rings, pendants and other objects. His works are in Corning Museum of glass and in other
galleries and museum all over the world.
Pratt Fine Arts Center offers classes for all skill levels and abilities. It is the only facility in the
Northwest where absolute beginners and established professional artists work side-by-side
creating art in glass, sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, drawing and
printmaking. Pratt provides affordable studios with unparalleled state-of-the-art equipment
and professional artist instruction to create an environment where students learn,
experiment, and create. Pratt is The Place to Make Art.
More Information: http://www.pratt.org/classes/travel-abroad/
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