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Artist in Residence

The Festival of Glass committee is delighted to announce that Venetian glass artist Mauro Vianello will be our International Artist in Residence at the 2018 Festival.


There will be several opportunities to see Mauro at work over the Festival:
  • Twilight Flames - ticketed event (link here)
  • Festival Expo - free demonstrations during the day (link here)
  • Glass workshops - beginners and advanced (link here).
  • Community demonstations - Senior Citizens Club, Drysdale (link here).


Mauro is a world class glass master who creates highly naturalistic representations in glass of animals and plants, many of them associated with the sea. His visit offers intermediate and experienced bead-makers & sculptors across Australia a unique opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary Venetian glass processes and techniques and to use them to enhance their beaded & sculptured creations. Places in his classes at the 2018 Festival are open ... and are filling up!

Glenda MacNaughton is the Festival committee member running the Visiting Artist programme. “Bringing Mauro to the Bellarine Peninsula is quite a coup for the Festival!”, she said. “This will be his first visit to Australia, but his enormous skill as an artist and a teacher brings him invitations from around the world to teach and to create blown glass, glass beads and glass sculptures.”

In June this year, Mauro was in Pittsburgh, USA and in August he was a featured artist at the 2017 “Flame Off France” in Remiremont. In 2016, Murano’s Museo Vetro (Museum of Glass) held an exhibition highlighting the continuity between Mauro's work and that of father and son Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka - two nineteenth century glass artists from Dresden, Germany who achieved international fame for their highly detailed, accurate glass models of plants and sea creatures.