COLLECTIONS BY GLASS ARTIST ORLANDO ZENNARO
master glass-blower. He
was born in Venice in 1932 and at an early age he began working at the
Murano glassworks w, as an apprentice, he learned the age-old
techniques of glass-blowing. He soon became a Glass Master at the
Vistosi Furnace w he was subsequently appointed Director of Production.
In 1970, prompted by his initiative and creative spirit, he opened a
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 long research
and 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".
He has also produced glass work designed by such artists Piergiorgio
Tempesti, Enrico Capuzzo Joe Colombo, and Angelo Mangiarotti, among
From 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.
Zennaro 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).
In 1999 he participated in the first exhibit of international glass
"Vitraria" in S. Vito al Tagliamento (UD), the catalogue was published
by Artegrafica Bolzanella.
In 2000 he was invited at the exhibit "Vetro Fragile" helt at Chiostro
di S. Pietro in Murano