Artist Roberto Camozzo
Roberto Cammozzo č nato a Murano il 24 luglio 1945.
Entra giovanissimo nelle fornaci imparando i primi segreti della lavorazione del vetro a fianco del Maestro Ermanno Nason presso la vetreria Mazzega.
Nel 1960 inizia il suo periodo di maturazione artistica nella vetreria Salviati lavorando con il Maestro Livio Seguso che seguirā poi nella nuova vetreria Seguso Arte e Vetro; collaborerā con Livio Seguso per oltre 20 anni.
Completa le sue doti artistiche frequentando vari corsi di disegno e creazione sotto la guida di Anzolo Fuga, Henry Mavrodin e Carlo Tosi.
Viene piu volte premiato ai corsi per lo sviluppo della cultura artigianale del vetro.
Nel 1980 fonda assieme ai Maestri Elio Raffaeli e Renzo Vianello la vetreria Ars Murano che si distingue subito per la realizzazione di opere di grandi dimensioni.
I1 Maestro Roberto Cammozzo e specializzato in particolar modo nella lavorazione a "massello" ma sa creare con successo anche vetri soffiati eseguiti su ideazione propria.
Artist Elio Raffaeli
ELIO RAFFAELI: Born in Venice in 1936 to a Muranese family, Elio Raffaeli lived and studied on the Island of Murano, the glassblowing capital of Venice. At the age of fifteen, he was hired by the Seguso-Dalla Venezia glass factory where he made the acquaintance of Piero Scaramal, his first master. There he was taught the basic secrets of the magic art of Murano. Raffaeli worked with Scaramal for seven years, first as a garzone and subsequently as first assistant, maturing both as a person and as a glassblower.
Misfortunes at the Seguso-Dalla Venezia factory compelled him to move to another prestigious firm, Salviati. Here Raffaeli refined his capabilities as a glass master, perfecting both the techniques of blowing delicate glass pieces and those of making solid glass sculpture.
In 1966 he moved on to a newly formed factory, Briati, where he was hired as a master and given a piazza. Here he began to interpret with balanced precision the designs of the famous Flavio Poli. Next Raffaeli went to work with Livio Seguso, one of the great 20th century sculptors, where he forged a working relationship and friendship with the young Roberto Cammozzo.
ARTIST ALBERTO DONA'
Alberto Dona was born in Italy in 1944. He began working in the glass field at age 13. He worked with various furnaces and masters and even had the opportunity as a young man to work with glass in Venezuela. His foremost influence was the maestro "Nane" Ferro, who was known in Murano during the '60's as one of the best masters.
In the early '70's Dona opened his own furnace. He became known for his skill with colors and his ability to invent unique color combinations. Most characteristic, however, is the large size that Dona is able to achieve with his shapes. These qualities have attracted companies from Venini to Reflex to Saporiti, who have depended on Dona for glass accessories. By the end of the '80's Dona's talent also attracted many artists, including the Santillanas, Lino Tagliapietra and Dale Chihuly, with whom he then collaborated.
In the same way Dona learned from older glass masters, he is now teaching and encouraging younger glassblowers. Under his tutelage and working by his side are Luca Zane and Sandro de Sanzuane. In this way Dona continues the thousand-year tradition of glass-making in Murano