MANOLETE Bull Sculpture by DIPI
Impressive blown Murano glass bull sculpture, featuring murrina and gold leaf. The most amazing aspect of this animal is its forward momentum, in the perception of muscular tension and strength. This bull, completely handmade in the furnace, is a unique and precious piece of art, symbol of the strength of Murano glass tradition.
DIPI Sas Vetreria Artigiana di Sara Rossi
Sas Di Pi Vetreria Artigiana di Sara Rossi At the heart of glass-working furnace DiPi in Murano is the master, Imperio Rossi.
Born in Murano in 1951, he started working alongside his father at the age of 13, and after a long apprenticeship in the most renowned furnaces of Murano, he became a master glassmaker himself.
He has owned his own furnace since 1986, initially specializing in production of objects with “millefiori” murrine. Imperio Rossi says of his job: "I often can't wait to render a drawing into a piece of work. It's an irrepressible desire to give tangibility to my imagination. I'm in love with my craft, because it allows me the chance to give shape and substance to something that rises inside me." His work is displayed in private and public collections in New York, Madrid, Vienna, Tokyo.
Manufacturing of solid glass started being used on the island of Murano starting in the 1930's. This technique involves shaping a large and heavy mass of molten glass, supported by a solid metal rod, using the same tools as with blown glass. The objects take shape in the master's hands through expertly precise movemente. Solid glass working is mainly used to produce sculptures of all sizes.
GOLD OR SILVER LEAF
Precious metal leaves are extremely thin sheets of metal, usually made of pure gold or silver. In glassmaking, the imperceptibly light leaves need to be kept in a sheltered area of the furnace workshop, as even a breath might blow them away.
The gold or silver leaf is gently arranged on a flat surface by the master, who then rolls the incandescent blob over the leaf to pick it up; the metal leaf adheres perfectly to the surface of the glass, which is now ready to be blown. Upon blowing, the sheet of precious metal splits to spread over the entire surface of the glass object.
The final product therefore appears to be covered in a fine gold or silver dust.