GLASS MASTER ALLESSANDRO BARBARO
the Venetian tradition of glass manufacturing, the Island of Murano
certainly holds the leading role. Helping through the centuries to
preserve one of the most evocative arts, Murano artists are able to lead
the world in expressing creativity through glass.
Among the many glass masters born in
Murano, one in particular stands out due in large part to the
sophistication and creativity of his works. In the fire of his furnace,
glass master Alessandro Barbaro has been giving life to his creations
for 35 years. He learned his skills as a young apprentice in the Formia
factory. Once he had attained the status of Master, he left Formia to
begin work with his own designs. Using big scissors and heavy tools, he
shapes glass in a surrounding seemingly unsuitable and inhospitable for
such a transparent and fragile material. Allesandro Barbaro’s talent
has emerged from commercial production to the more natural expression of
conceptual and figurative fine works.
Master Barbaro is supported by the
talented Diego Bardella, a young glass artist and assistant glassblower.
Together they create a unity between the latest technique of
“massiccio” and the ancient tradition of “soffiato”. They work
together to create pieces that are in excess of 50 pounds.
times, beginning or young glass
artists will rely on color as the subject of a piece. The color will
attract attention first and hopefully be so captivating that perhaps you
do not notice the inferiority of skill. Artist that work predominantly
with clear glass demonstrate a higher skill level because it is the form,
the mastery of the skill of making the piece that becomes the subject.
In the case of Alessandro Barbaro, his ability to convey the graceful,
swift movement of a bird in flight or a crouching tiger is evident the
moment you glance at a piece.
Inspired by these elegant species,
Barbaro is a master of form and anatomy. Able to convey an emotion,
intent or a passive respite of these exotic creatures. His work is
His attention to detail and mastery of
skill has not gone unnoticed. Barbaro recently completed a six-foot tall
solid crystal 24k gold tree, complete with birds on the branches that he
created for an Arabian Princess. Barbaro’s work can also be found in
the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, the Excelsior, Sheraton, Europa,
Regina, Danieli, Cipriani, Luyna Baglioni and Metropole hotels in Venice.
He is also in the private collections of Marlo Thomas, the McDonald’s
Family, Elton John and Madonna. Barbaro’s work appears in many
corporate headquarters, including Texaco, Seiko, Warner Brothers, Alcoa