2018 Murano Special Events

Experience it All!

In addition to demos, lec-mos, and lectures, the 2018 GAS conference offers many special events. Don't miss out on these great opportunities to see and purchase amazing artwork, while mingling with fellow conference attendees.

Special EventsTours

MURANO CONFERENCE REGISTRATION UPDATE:  Last week was busy for GAS! Registration day was a whirlwind of never-ending phone calls. Most tours filled up quickly—if you are unable to get into a tour on the registration page, it is fullwe’ve started wait lists for those interested in being notified of openings on any of the sold-out tours. Please contact info@glassart.org if you’d like to be added to a list.

We realize it’s frustrating for some who waited to register, but don’t fret, while you might not be able to do everything, there is still much to keep you busy in Murano. There will be more than 100 glass artists from around the world who will be doing demos and lectures on inspiring glass topics. More than a thousand of your colleagues and peers will all be in one place to celebrate the beauty and history of glass.
The San Pietro Area will be the place to be—the central meeting hub—it’s a space that offers a chance for attendees to gather and network, eat and drink, and see some amazing demos. Opening ceremonies will give people a chance to honor our 2018 award winners and remember some who are no longer with us, closing ceremonies will be special—a chance for attendees to line the canals and see the glass fashion show as models take float on colorful gondolas. This is a once in a lifetime conference for GAS, Murano is a place that will connect us to both the past and future of glass and take us on—Il Percorso Di Vetro—the Glass Path.
Grazie Mille for your patience and know that there is much to keep you busy in beautiful Murano!


Opening of the GAS Glass Path

Exhibition at the Museo del Vetro

Wednesday, May 16, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Pre-Conference Reception Fundraiser - SOLD OUT

Lino Tagliapietra Studio

Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join GAS for an intimate evening in the studio and garden of Lino Tagliapietra. Enjoy prosecco and traditional Italian delicacies while you stroll though the beautiful glass artwork on display.

$250 per person (+ VAT $55, total: $305)

Space is limited.



Venini Demos - SOLD OUT

Thursday, May 17

8:30 am - 10:00 am: Benjamin Moore

10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Toots Zynsky


Friday, May 18

8:30 am - 10:00 am: Dan Daily

10:30 am - 12:00 pm: TBD

$35 (+ VAT $7.70, total $42.70) per person.

In the early 70’s and 80’s, Murano’s long-standing tradition of shielding the glassmakers’ world from outsiders was broken when Venini started serving as a learning site for American artists eager to learn the secrets of Murano Glass masters. Over the years, the Venini glass factories have hosted American-born talents all of whom ultimately helped expand Murano’s fame far beyond Italy. GAS is honored to create a new moment in history in bringing four prominent artists back to Venini to work together with the Venini team.



All the following tours begin and end at San Pietro Area, Fondamenta dei Vetrai, 30141 Venezia VE, Italy

Blowing Glass Path - SOLD OUT

The Blowing Glass Path tours the furnaces of Lino Tagliapietra, Davide Salvadore, Salviati, and Davide Fuin. Three of these studios belong to the most important glassblowing artists in Murano. You will find that the fourth studio is a famous furnace dating back to the year 800 AD. Each of these tours will show you a very different production method and history despite being derived from the same technical background.

$100 (+ VAT $22, total: $122). Min. 10, Max 20. 


Lamp Work Path - SOLD OUT

This tour features four unique experiences and four outstanding directions. The Lamp Work Path will take you on a tour of the studios of the four most famous lampworkers in Murano – Cesare Toffolo, Lucio Bubacco, Igor Balbi, and Dario Frare. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to view a live technical experience - an opportunity you do not want to miss!

$100 (+ VAT $22, total: $122). Min 10, Max. 20.


Decoration and Engraving Path - SOLD OUT

This path features four small studios: Albertini e Spezzamonte, Luigi Camozzo, Ongaro Fuga and Eugenio Panizzi. On this tour you will see where the value of Murano glass is increased by the incredible cold work and art added to complete a piece. Painting, engraving, cutting, and mirroring are the primary techniques you will see on this tour.

$100 (+ VAT $22, total: $122). Min 5, Max. 10.


Historic Path - SOLD OUT

Travel back in time to the early 900’s and visit two of the oldest furnaces in Murano – Salir and Ercole Moretti. You will be surprised to see how little has changed, and, how much has changed over the centuries. A great tour to really experience the amazing history of glass in Murano. Salir glass paintings and engravings, modern and exact reproductions of antique mirrors, etc. has a long history in Murano. Ercole Moretti was established in 1911 on the initiative of three brothers, with the intention of producing two classic types of Venetian glass beads: the Rosetta and the mosaic Millefiori.

$100 (+ VAT $22, total: $122). Min 10, Max. 20.


Museo Archeologico di Altino - SOLD OUT

Presented by Dr. Tirelli, join us on a visit to the Altimo Museo with a special focus on the pre-roman and Roman period. This visit features a special focus on ancient glass. The pieces on display include not only various ancient household items such as bottles, jugs, glasses, cups, saucers but also glass jewelry created using some very complicated glass-making techniques perfected in the Roman era.

$82 (+ VAT $18.04, total: $100.04). Min. 20, Max 40.


Marina and Susanna Sent - SOLD OUT

Located on the Fondamenta Serenella on the Island of Murano, Marina and Susanna specialize in the design and production of glass jewelry and objets d’art. Sculptures made with artisanal techniques, such as murrine and filigree glass; plates in glass fusion, and lampshades made from interlinked pieces of glass. This tour will allow you to visit the production facility and see the entire process.

$25 (+ VAT $5.50, total: $30.50). Min. 10, Max 20.


Carlo Moretti - SOLD OUT

For over 50 years, the firm founded by the Moretti brothers has drawn the attention of the international market due to its distinctive formula, which merges the centennial craftsmanship of the island’s glass masters (handed down from father to son) with contemporary Italian design. Carlo Moretti is an “artisan Factory” – one of the few left in Murano – where creativity and strategic choices coincide in a personal and unmistakable trademark.

$25 (+ VAT $5.50, total: $30.50). Min. 30, Max 60.


Barovier & Toso

Murano glass crafting tradition is the starting point from which Barovier & Toso propose ideas, solutions, innovative and original projects. Barovier & Toso is a Venetian company with a vocation and culture that is international, creating solutions of decorative lighting in Murano glass, all characterised by a personal and unique style. This tour will start with a history of the Barovier family followed by a tour of the museum, the showroom, and ending with a demo by the Barovier & Toso team.

$25 (+ VAT $5.50, total: $30.50). Min 10, Max. 20.


Venini - SOLD OUT

Since 1921 Venini is based in Murano, the worldwide famous island where, since 600 years, glass is manufactured. The company is one of the major companies conducting research in glass and it is considered a landmark in the world of art. Today, as 90 years ago, Venini is a constantly developing laboratory, a place where passion for glass and fascination of the Furnace are able to enchant and thrill everyone and where ideas and intuitions, coming from international designers, come true.

$25 (+ VAT $5.50, total: $30.50). Min 10, Max. 20.


Effetre - SOLD OUT

The processing techniques currently used at Effetre go back to the XIX century when Vincenzo Moretti rediscovered the difficult method of the murine from the Romanesque ages and created a multitude of colored glasses and enamels, that’s why Effetre products are known as Moretti.

$25 (+ VAT $5.50, total: $30.50). Min 10, Max. 20.


Museo del Vetro - SOLD OUT

The Murano Glass Museum is a major tourist attraction, one that uniquely represents the rich history of glassmaking present on the small Venetian island. The museum was renovated recently, and the building, the Giustinian Palace, is almost as beautiful as the glasswork it houses. Three spectacular chandeliers in the central room on the first floor are major highlights of the Museum.

$25 (+ VAT $5.50, total: $30.50). Min 10, Max. 25.


Most tour venues in Murano are small, so space on these tours is limited. If the minimum number of registrants is not met on a particular tour, the tour may be canceled.

The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.