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Current Issue: Winter 2018-READ IT NOW!

GASnews Winter-2018

Letter from the Editor:

Much of the culture, the craft, and the passion of glassmaking are owed to Murano.  It is home to a great number of innovations and amazing feats of creative expression.  While Murano once guarded these techniques and developments, it is the shared knowledge and experiences that have given such great potency to its legacy.

We remember Pino Signoretto as one of our greatest mentors, whose name alone represents a pinnacle of glass sculpting.  His generosity and love for the medium defines, for many, the spirit of Murano that has spread around the world.  It is in his wake that we set the stage for a conference that will honor this spirit of community and our shared love of glass.

With so many exciting and unique demos, lectures, and experiences planned, it is difficult to focus on any one aspect of this year's conference.

In this issue, our writers have highlighted some of the conference presenters, venues, and local histories to give readers a taste of the event programming and build on what is, for many of us, steeped in excitement.  Emily Kuchenbecker sets the stage for lectures on flame working by Cesare Toffolo and Sandro Zecchin.  David Schnuckel discusses the relevance of this conference with Simone Cenedese, as they emphasize a broadening of understandings that will come with both historical and cultural exchange.  Lastly, Max Grossman provides an intimate look into the Venini company and its rich history in the development of glassmaking.

Cin cin!

Michael Hernandez, GASnews Editor


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