NIGIRI by TIOZZO SERGIO
The mosaic of murrine that compose this collection of plates is absolutely spectacular: the joining of tiny flower glass canes with monochrome ones, surrounded by crystal glass inserts with white filaments, gives this plate the feel of a tiny hand-painted picture: a tidy Japanese garden seen from above. This is the magic of a Murano glass creation.
The collection is composed of three pieces, one square and two rectangles, in three different colour combinations: aqua and blue, pink and amethyst, red and black.
Design and innovation, tradition and craftsmanship, clean lines and elegance are the defining traits of each of these three pieces, that make them perfect for any furnishing style, both modern and traditional.
VETRERIA TIOZZO SERGIO
The Company, founded by Sergio Tiozzo, has been handed over to his son Claudio.
Claudio Tiozzo started working in the family workshop from a very young age, where he learned all the secrets of the Murrina technique. According to Murano tradition, he apprenticed for a while in the biggest furnaces of the island: Barovier & Toso, Venini and Aureliano Toso.
Starting in 1989, he has been directing the family furnace. The primary objective of his company is to create fine quality objects using one of the most ancient glass-making processes: the "murrina".
This kind of manufacture requires a very delicate and meticulous process that only expert hands can perform correctly. Beside this traditional production, Claudio Tiozzo is fond of experimenting with glass in its infinite forms: the results of this additional collection are spectacular, one example among all are his chandeliers made of "cotisso" glass.
"MURRINO" GLASS or HOT-WORKED MOSAIC
The hot-worked glass mosaic is based upon glass canes; they are produced in very few furnaces, due to the complexity of its manufacturing.
The master picks up a cylindrical mass of molten glass (the "paston") with the cane-making rod, and joins it to a smaller blob (the "conzaura") attached to a short rod. He then hands over one of the rods to his assistant, then they slowly walk away from each other lengthening the glass rope.
As the glass quickly cools, they carefully set down the hardened cane onto rough wooden boards on the floor. The evenness of the cane depends exclusively on the superior craftsmanship of the master. A special type of cane is called "millefiori"; it is a hollow or solid cane composed of concentric multicoloured layers which, in cross-section, form a typical star- or flower-shaped pattern.
These canes are produced by filling open moulds in succession, creating each pattern by layers of different-coloured glass. The finished cane is used by cutting into small segments and arranged onto a horizontal metallic plate, coated with purified lagoon-marsh mud -- this is the only substance able to isolate melting glass from metal. The arrangement is melted inside an oven and picked up for further processing, usually blowing and shaping with tongs. It is this initial procedure that determines the pattern and size of the object, whether one uses solid canes, geometric plates, filigree or aventurine, and creates an infinite variety of unique products.