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2108 Glass Workshops with Venetian Glass Master Now Open for booking

posted 20 Jun 2017, 22:24 by Glenda Mac Naughton   [ updated 24 Sep 2017, 20:57 ]

2018 Festival of Glass workshops


Tutor: Mauro Vianello (Venice, Italy)

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN (Beginners and Advanced Bead makers & Sculptors)

$390 per day per person (includes all glass and specialist tools)

Maximum 10 students in a session

Air-conditioned venue with ergonomic chairs in central Drysdale.


Mauro is a world-class glass master who currently 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 beads & sculptures.

Bringing Mauro to the Bellarine Peninsula is quite a coup for the Festival! 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 on commission. In June this year, he was in Pittsburgh, USA and in August he will be 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. 

Mauro has been a glass worker for twenty three years. He creates anything in glass - from traditional Venetian beads to small and large sculptures. In creating his larger sculptures, he often combines lampworking and glass fusing with cold-worked glass. As a teacher, Mauro’s aim is that each student leaves his classes happy because they have increased their skill and knowledge. His students praise his generosity, his technical skills and patience as a teacher and his ability to tailor his teaching to suit their differing interests and skill levels. They also delight in his sense of humour!