GLASS MASTER ORLANDO ZENNARO
Zennaro is a
highly skilled artisan, a master glass-blower. He was born in Venice in 1932 and
at an early age he began working at the Murano glassworks where, as an
apprentice, he learned the age-old techniques of glass-blowing. He
soon became a Glass Master at the Vistosi Furnace where he was subsequently
appointed Director of Production. In 1970, prompted by his initiative and
creative spirit, he opened a glassworks Studio.
In his workshop he attends to every aspect of his craft: he prepares the "partie",
personally mixing different minerals in order to obtain the colours which after
experimentation result in the "canes", the complex lattice-work and
intensely coloured filigrees that he uses to produce his hollow blown glass, as
well the tesserae that go to make the wonderful vases Zennaro himself calls
"stained glass windows without the lead".
has also produced glass work designed by such artists Piergiorgio Tempesti,
Enrico Capuzzo Joe Colombo, and Angelo Mangiarotti, among others.
1995 to 1998 Zennaro taught the ancient techniques of filigree and glass-blowing
at the Vannes-Le-Chatel School in France and in 1997 he conducted a course for
the Glass Masters of Nuutajarvi, Finland.
was invited to participate in both the first and second international new glass
exhibits "Venezia Aperto Vetro" at the Correr Musuem in 1996 and at
Palazzo Fortuny in 1998 - in Venice (Catalogue edited by Dan Klein and Attilia
Dorigato, published by Arsenale and Catalogue edited by Rosa Barovier Mentasti,
Dan Klein, Attilia Dorigato and published by Electa).
1999 he participated in the first exhibit of international glass "Vitraria"
in S. Vito al Tagliamento (UD), the catalogue was published by Artegrafica
ORLANDO ZENNARO STOP WORKING GLASS IN 2007