The Techniques

Glass is an ancient art, born from human hands, from the magic of fire, from the poetry of water… because glass is passion.


The School’s furnace is equipped to deal with all the typical Murano hot working methods: from blowing to sculpture. Among the hotshop techniques, that of glassblowing in particular, discovered as far back as the end of the 1st century B.C. in the Middle East and widespread in Roman times, allows you to create everyday objects, from decorative elements to lighting. Glassblowing is also used to craft drinking glasses – especially the traditional Venetian goblet – and plates and vases. Various hot-worked decorations are applied to it, resulting in the development of complex techniques such as filigree and zanfirico, reticella, hollow-core and murrine working and incalmo. The working of massive pieces of glass allows the creation of sculptures and design and artistic objects.


Also called thermoforming, glass fusing, born in more recent times, allows you to create a variety of objects and works by using various types of materials: the flatbed, resting on compatibile surfaces, can take on, at high temperatures, an infinite number of shapes; glass tiles suitably shaped and combined with glass oxides, glazes or other substances give rise to “pictures” with multicoloured effects and unexpected depth.

Glass fusion makes it possible to produce stained glass, giftware, sculpture-tiles and jewellery with numerous painting-like details.

Starting from colourless glass and working on various superimposed layers, one obtains, on a single object, a set of contrasting colours or tones in sequence.


This technique has been applied in Venice since the Renaissance and later developed in the 18th century. It consists in shaping semi-finished products in the form of tubes and rods, with different diameters and thicknesses.

First one softens the piece with the heat of a horizontal flame fueled by methane gas and oxygen (or air), then one models it with small tools, possibly shaping it into a human or animal figure.

The pearls are obtained by winding the melted glass around a copper or iron wire coated with a refractory material. Through glass blowpipe modeling, you can create sculptures, figures or jewellery, pendants, rings or necklaces.

On account of the lower temperature, the mixture of gas and air allows for more delicate decorations, typical of the Venetian pearl.