Has there been a defining moment in your career?
In 2006, when I was still working in Lunardon’s workshop, I created my first project, a series of wine glasses that played with the image of a bonsai. Gallerist Jean Blanchaert asked me to develop the concept and, in 2008, he hosted my first solo exhibition in his Milanese gallery.
How did the special lampworking technique you use come about?
It was developed in the 1960s by Giovanni Parise, an artisan of the Veneto region who moved to Germany to work in a factory producing test tubes and glass instruments for the medical industry. When he returned to Italy, he combined these techniques with the traditional skills of glassmakers in Murano.
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What aspect of your work do you love the most?
The freedom to create what I have in mind and to experiment, knowing I can count on a group of admirers who appreciate everything I do. I am well aware of the fact that at my age this is a very special privilege.
What will be your next challenge?
I love to try my hand at bigger sculptures. My record until now is the head of a deer with antlers measuring 1.6m. I could never have created these objects in my parents’ garage, which was for a while the improvised studio in which I set out on my solitary career.