Nives Marcassoli

Nives Marcassoli

Vallesalimbene , PV, ITALY


(notebio) Nives Marcassoli was born in Ranica near Bergamo. She studied in Bergamo where she achieved a stylist diploma. Her artistic career began with painting: at the beginning of the 80’s she attended Pavia Civic Art School, directed by the sculptor Alberto Ghinzani. Student of well known artists such as Roberto Ercolini, Fabio Aguzzi, Mario Raciti and Roberto Sommariva, in 1985 she became one of the founding members of the Association of Arti Visive Marabelli (AR:VI.MA). She has been exhibiting her artworks in group painting exhibitions since 1995. During the 1990’s she became interested in the world of glass; deepening her knowledge and studying glass fusion techniques and hot working methods and studying with various artists: In 1992 with Jork Kleiner ( Switzerland) and from 1994 with Miriam Di Fiore ( Ital-Argentinean) of which she was a student for several years. In 2000 she performed her first kilning experience with the artist Tom Rowney (Australia) in the Creative Glass of Zurich. In 2005 she followed a residential course of Hot-Cast-Glass held by the artist Mitchell Guadet ( New Orleans) in the Pilchuck Glass School of Seattle, WA. Simultaneously she began to specialize in creating stained glass windows for home design and furnishing accessories, which gave origin to her artistic/ creative workshop I Vetri di Nives® In 2001 she assisted Miriam di Fiore during various International glass seminars organized by the Murano Centre of Glass Studies. Since 2002 she has been a lecturer for fused glass courses in the Pandora Association. curriculum vitae Public opera From 2000 to 2007 she worked on the stained glass windows for the Santa Crocifisso Church of Pavia, covering an area of about 100 square meters, which were entirely projected and carried out by her single handed. In 2006, for the Comune of Vernate (Milano), with a glass fusion technique she created an interpretation of a painting by American Artist William Congdon, which has been placed inside he cemetery of Pasturago di Vernate (Milano) In 2010 her sculpture SUSPENDED GAMES was positioned in the new cultural centre of Ranica (Bergamo), a reflection on childhood, play and of the exploitation of child labour, from the last century until today. Exhibitions She participated at the 2002 edition of the Glass Conference in Amsterdam, in 2004 in New Orleans ( where she paraded with a glass dress which she had created for the Glass Fashion Show) and again in 2007 in Pittsburgh, keeping constantly updated with glass work evolutions. 2005- Group exhibition at the Regina Murano Gallery (Venice) 2010- LOVE ART 2, (Group) organised by Cecilia Ci, Palazzo Orsini, Scorzè (Venice). 2010- Melting pot-Pensiero d’artista (group) organised by Adolfina De Stefani and Barbara Codogno, for the Internazional Project Walking Freedom Fort 2010, Forte Marghera, (Venice). 2010- Di Vetro e d’Acqua (Personal) in the floating building of the Ticino Rowing Club on the Ticino River in Pavia 2011- 2° Vitro festival di Romont, (Group) Vitromusée, Romont (Switzerland). 2011- Of Fire and Of Water/Di Fuoco e d’Acqua (personal) organised by Grazia Chiesa, Galleria 9 Colonne, Milano. 2013 - Her sculpture A DAILY WAGE was positioned in the new cultural centre of Ranica (Bergamo), a reflection on women and young girls which, after a brief apprenticeship, began to work on the machines,on the spinning wheels and on the looms, in 1990. 2013 - TRA-SPARIRE (Personal) organised by Adolfina De Stefani, 3D Gallery Mestre, Venice 2013 – CHIARE FRESCHE ET DOLCI ACQUE ( Group) organised by Francesca Mariotti, The Space of Art L’ALTROVE, Ferrara These initial studies of drawings and paintings, the broadening of advanced fusing techniques, light painting and heating procedures, are mingled together and are the base of this technical ability, style and the expression of which, Nives creates her artworks, passionately pursuing her sculptress minded pathway.


  • casting
  • fusing/slumping
  • kilnforming
  • Fused-cast glass hot worked: this technical definition was coined by the artist herself to define her own work; a mixture of drawing, warm-glass techniques, crucible drip and mold casting. - The early experiences with drawing and painting emerge here with renewed poeticity. Bodies as landscapes, body parts as segments of a single soul. Drawing on glass, created "from life" and hot fixed. - Fusion of glass slabs, repeatedly melted with the gradual addition of further glass within the slab, both ground or powdered, which creates the "atmosphere" in which the drawing will be set. - Fragments of coloured glass are dripped directly into the crucible, so that they can merge at high temperature. In such a way, single blocks of unique hues are created and added to a personal colour palette. These blocks are used as broad brush strokes, which strengthen and complete the "painting" by being cast together in a mold with the drawing and the warm glass. - Mold casting: once the whole glass mass is fused, the last, crucial operation involves submerging the whole work in molten glass. With the last manual intervention, the author impresses the movements of a water surface on the fluid mass, as if shaken by underground vibrations. Cold working completes the process. By recreating a little "furnace" in her laboratory, Nives gave birth to this new technique, which paves the way for novel artistical interpretation


Business Name:
I Vetri di Nives
Via Fratelli Cervi 4
Vallesalimbene , PV 27010