A whole family story, where the work and the organizational experiences of Walter Furlan and his wife Ivana have conveyed.
The company has evolved towards a research where the creative idea could marry with a new interpretation of glass processing techniques.
This has led the glass masters Walter and Mario to create unique and original works starting from an aesthetic point of view.
Our glass sculptures have made us known and appreciated by the major collectors of this type of works of art.
We want to transmit to everyone, through our creations, the emotion that the world of Murano glass with its millenary history has been able to give us.
The glass masters
The glassmaster Mario Furlan was born in Murano in 1963 and has always been in contact with the world of artistic glass on the island.
As he had the opportunity to watch quite daily his father Walter while working the molten glass, he was fascinated by the magical atmosphere perceived inside the furnace.
Mario undertook the training course of artistic study at the State Institute of Art in Venice, then continued at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice from where he graduated with honors.
At the Academy he had the opportunity to attend the lessons of important artists such as: Emilio Vedova, Fabrizio Plessi, Ennio Chiggio, Carmelo Zotti, Ennio Finzi, Vittorio Basaglia, from whom he drew important lessons.
The charm of glass and the furnace has always remained in his heart so starting from 1987 he entered his father’s furnace to actively collaborate in the realization of the works of art, alongside Walter and thus gradually learning the processing of artistic glass. Initially he dedicated himself to the “cold” working of sculptures, taking care of their finishing and assembly, then he learned the rudiments of hot glass working with great dedication. In his works, Mario has been always striving to discover new manufacturing techniques which however do not distort the true essence of Murano glass and do not distort the ancient knowledge handed down from generation to generation.
He was still very young when he entered the VAMSA furnace where he worked with the master Romano Tosi, better known as “Mamaracio”.
At the end of the 1940-1945 world war, he worked in the Cenedese Gino factory, where he met Alfredo Barbini and all the old masters of the now disappeared VAMSA, including Mamaracio and Fort called “Petà”.
At Cenedese Gino factory he learned the technique of “solid glass” processing which will later become the favorite of the master Furlan.
After joining Ferro & Lazzarini he worked together with the master Ineo Fuga, a virtuoso in the execution of the Ancient Venetian Chandeliers.
It is from him that the glass master Walter learned the ability to make all the existing models of the fabulous Venetian chandeliers.
Walter became a glass master at a very young age, and he began to have his first contacts with artists very early.
Fulvio Bianconi was one of the most important he met. At Ferro & Lazzarini he started a fruitful collaboration with Professor Ezio Rizzetto.
Thanks to him Walter gave birth to some of the art works participating his first art exhibitions.
In the early seventies he joined the Seguso Vetri d’Arte glassworks. Under the guidance of master Angelo Seguso and of the designer Mario Pinsoni, he learned the working of submerged and stylized glass, characteristic of the drawings of prof. Favio Poli, who collaborated with Seguso Vetri d’Arte becoming than its most faithful interpreter.
In 1977 he collaborated in the First Course for Artists held by the International School of Glass.
On this occasion he performed glass works for the artists Horst Sobota, Renzo Margonari, Ghibbè, demonstrating his high interpretative skills of artistic drawings.
During the long period of his activity he created glass works in collaboration with Lindstrong, Alinari, Barattini, R.Vagner, Jef Van Reniaout, Voltolina and others.
The master found his greatest expression in the creation of glass inspired by the fascinating artistic journey of Picasso’s work, in which he brought all the knowledge acquired during his collaboration with the most historical glass masters.