The art of the master glass maker is the ability to transform a drawing into a concrete piece of art work that evokes emotions. The master glass maker is moved by the irrepressible desire to transform into an object what is taking place in his imagination, to create a concrete object from the idea that was born within himself. Working on glass is an art as it is a long and delicate technique where the maestro, with its sensitivity and artistic skills, blows or shapes the piece by hand, giving it a shape and a certain size. Being a glass maker is not a birth right. However, it is possible to become one with a bit of desire, great commitment and a good dose of determination, which allows to build on experience while watching and learning from other masters. It is a noble profession that is handed down from generation to generation, from master to master because there are no prestigious schools that teach how to become important glass makers, but only the experience and knowledge of great people working hard at their kiln.
Vetreria Artistica DIPI is a family company born in 1986 from the experience of master glass maker Imperio Rossi.
Imperio began his trade at the age of thirteen, following the work of his father and working with the best master glass makers in Murano. In fact, thanks to his apprenticeship alongside some of the most famous masters in Murano, he learned the most important techniques of glass processing "by watching" his great teachers at work. This is how he learned the art of fusion and inclusions. The knowledge he acquired allowed him to open his own kiln early on. In the beginning, the production specialized in party favors (bonbonnière); as time went by, he started to follow the tastes and trends of the glass market. Starting around 2000, Maestro Costantini joined the Maestro Rossi’s company and together they began designing new lines of products such as sculptures and objects of solid glass. In fact, Maestro Costantini was the one who started the work in solid glass. It is with the famous "mosaic" technique that murrina objects are created in a variety of colors and shapes The Fantasy line stems from the murrina glass, introducing small glass beads objects, characterized by touches of vivid and contrasting colors. The collections have always maintained the classic and distinctive character of the Murano glass technique, recognized and appreciated at an international level. The company is founded on a family structure. Imperio dedicates himself to the design, his wife to the mosaic technique and the two sons Sara and Mattia to the commercial activities and logistics. They are surrounded by expert collaborators, all master glass makers and trusted professional, who work on glass by using the main Venetian tradition techniques of glass processing.
Vetreria Artistica DIPI specializes in all aspects of working on traditional Venetian and Murano’s glass. DIPI mainly specializes in working on solid and blown glass. The first is a technique used in Murano starting in the 1930s consisting in shaping the vitreous mass, supported by an undrilled pipe. The same tools are used for working on blown glass. With the use of these techniques, the object takes shape in the hands of the master glass maker with precise and targeted strokes. The technique of blown glass is certainly the oldest; it calls for the use of a long pipe, called blowing pipe. At one end of the pipe is the molten glass to be shaped and at the other the artisan, who, by blowing inside the pipe, will give the glass object its shape. The second processing step is free blowing; basically, the craftsman proceeds manually to shape the object, using only the air and some simple objects. The products are placed in a separate room then, depending on the type of the object, the pieces produced will typically go to the grinding lab where specialized artisans will finish the piece. Millefiori glass is typical of Murano. It is realized using a pipe with inside vitreous concentric layers of various colors, which form a distinctive star or flower motif. The pipe is generally cut into sections, which are often called "murrine".
The "rosetta" is a special kind of Millefiori pipe, which dates back to the XV century; it has a characteristic star pattern in alternating layers in white, red and blue glass. Vetreria Artistica DIPI is also one of the few companies left in Murano that also makes use of the technique of "tesserae" (mosaic) blowing, a glass mesh formed of tesserae of varying shapes, obtained by cutting the walls of blown glass of different colors. This technique is used less and less because it requires a lot of time in design preparation and it is necessary to rely on fully dedicated special artisans. This artistic glassware by DIPI is very valued and recognized throughout the national territory.
Notable works and events
Vetreria Artistica DIPI participates with its works to exhibitions in the artistic, international field in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, New York. Its work was showcased at the main glass-working competitions in Murano as well as at the main Italian design exhibitions. The Veneto Region has conferred to the kiln the trademark "Artistic Murano Glass, ®" which protects the manufactured glass works produced on the island of Murano that, according to all artistic, productive and innovative criteria, respect the Murano tradition.
Vetreria Artistica DIPI is located in Murano and looks like a typical glass working kiln. Since it was founded, it has never changed its historic headquarters. Adjacent to the furnace there is an exhibition hall, exclusively for professionals in the sector, as the company does not sell to the public. Murano is the island of blown glass. Entire generations of Murano’s dwellers are dedicated to this art. At the end of the thirteenth century the city was declared a true industrial area, thus becoming the capital of glassware production worldwide. The Glass Museum is today a mandatory stop for those who want to learn all about the art of glass making in Venice. The Glass Museum is located in Palazzo Giustiniani: it has a rich collection of objects and decorated glass products from the XV century to the present, testimonies of the evolution of taste and style as well as experimentation of new techniques, a tradition to which the island owes its wealth and fame.