Pino Signoretto from Murano

Clown, Murano glass, height 32 cm, Pino Signoretto.
Clown, Murano glass, height 32 cm, Pino Signoretto.

Pino Signoretto is a famous glassblower from the island of Murano. Patiently blowing masterpiece after masterpiece, Pino Signoretto never repeats his products, even if he is asked to do so. Murano glass is a super brand in itself, since glass production originated in Venice back in the 8th century. Pino Signoretto has also become a brand.

Pino Signoretto (1944 2017).
Pino Signoretto (1944-2017).
One of the last works of Pino Signoretto, the Murano glass sculpture Transformation of Floreale, height 10.8 cm, 2015 2016.
One of the last works of Pino Signoretto, the Murano glass sculpture Transformation of Floreale, height 10.8 cm, 2015 2016.

Signoretto does not come from a family of hereditary glassblowers, he was born into a family of artists and artists. His father was a musician and painter. As a child in Murano, he lived next to a glass furnace, and from early childhood he was attracted to furnaces and fire. Very young, he began working in a glass factory, where they produced chandeliers and small objects such as boxes.

Putti with starfish on a royal blue glass stand, height 59 cm, Dale Chihuly and Pino Signoretto, 1999.
Putti with starfish on a royal blue glass stand, height 59 cm, Dale Chihuly and Pino Signoretto, 1999.

A student of master Alfredo Barbini, at the age of 19 Pino Signoretti had already become a master glassblower. It was he who introduced new technologies and working tools into this art, such as borsea ricurva (not flat tongs), allowing for better gripping of glass objects, and an oxygen torch, allowing for heating the sculpture with greater precision. It is extremely interesting to watch him work with forks (used in the kitchen) and pins, which he uses to create perfect shapes.

Vase with two putti, golden sienna glass, height 46 cm, Dale Chihuly and Pino Signoretto, 1991.
Vase with two putti, golden sienna glass, height 46 cm, Dale Chihuly and Pino Signoretto, 1991.

He has been invited many times by heads of state, is an honorary citizen of New Orleans, and a master who teaches in many schools in the United States and France. Glass figures by Pino Signoretti give form to beauty in Murano. He is a universally recognized and internationally renowned master with outstanding talent.

Dale Chihuly and Pino Signoretto, Seattle, 1998
Dale Chihuly and Pino Signoretto, Seattle, 1998.
Installation by Kiki Smith Constellations, for which Pino Signoretto created 26 figures and 67 glass stars, 1996, Corning Museum of Glass.
Installation by Kiki Smith Constellations, for which Pino Signoretto created 26 figures and 67 glass stars, 1996, Corning Museum of Glass.
The largest Murano glass sculpture in the world, 3x4 m, Pino Signoretto.
The largest Murano glass sculpture in the world, 3×4 m.
Glass bag, Pino Signoretto.2
Glass bag.
Glass bag, Pino Signoretto.
Glass bag.
Suitcase with clothes for Milan Fashion Week, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto.
Suitcase with clothes for Milan Fashion Week, Murano glass.
Turtle, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto.
Turtle, Murano glass.
Vase aquarium, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto, 2015 2016.
Vase aquarium, Murano glass, 2015-2016.
Testa Di Cavallo, height 49.5 cm, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto, circa 1980.
Testa Di Cavallo, height 49.5 cm, Murano glass, circa 1980.
Phoenix, height 42 cm, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto, 2010.
Phoenix, height 42 cm, Murano glass, 2010.
Horse, height 34 cm, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto, 2010
Horse, height 34 cm, Murano glass, 2010.
Elephant driver, height 70 cm, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto.
Elephant driver, height 70 cm, Murano glass.
Child of Finland, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto.
Child of Finland, Murano glass.
Forest nymph, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto.
Forest nymph, Murano glass.
Spirit of the house, Murano glass, Pino Signoretto.
Spirit of the house, Murano glass.
Parrots, Murano glass, height 43 cm, Pino Signoretto, 1985.
Parrots, Murano glass, height 43 cm, 1985.
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