Roberto Beltrami: the young master glassmaker of Wave Murano Glass

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The story of Wave Murano Glass is a short one, but it truly shows that, even in the quiet waters of the Venetian lagoon, there can still be surprising currents – real breaths of fresh air that bloom unexpectedly and give birth to something entirely new.

One of these currents is represented by Wave Murano Glass, a glassmaker workshop whose philosophy is based on research, movement and change.

But is it still possible to innovate, change, and research in a field like Murano glass making, where everything seems to have been explored already?

Roberto Beltrami, a young master glassmaker and the founder of this experimental current, gave us his answer:

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“I was studying physics in Boston, where I had moved to in order to further my research. When I was a child, I had always loved to play with every kind of material available – I was a very curious and “dangerous” child who liked to do all sorts of experiments. And I’ve always loved manual work. This is why, besides studying physics, I developed a particular interest in materials, and that’s also the reason behind my special love for glass and for my total conversion … on the road to Murano!”

Roberto Beltrami, who was not born on the Venetian island, left Boston and his promising career as a physicist and decided to humbly introduce himself to the great masters who kept alive one of the most appreciated Italian traditions in the world, in order to learn from the best.

Roberto studied, trained and learned from some of the most important master glassmakers: Pino Signoretto, Oscar Zanetti and Paolo Crepax. He was a quick and proficient study, so much so that, in 2015, he became the first teacher under the age of 30 to ever work at the prestigious Abate Zanetti glassmaking school in Murano.

Soon, however, thanks to his growing technical abilities combined with an uncommon and in-depth theoretical knowledge of the material itself, Roberto Beltrami needed a space where his innovative ideas could come to life.

So, at the beginning of 2017, he opened Wave Murano Glass, a laboratory filled with experiments, research, creativity and products that managed to breathe new life into ancient, centuries-old techniques.

It takes courage, ability, ambition, and skill to write a new chapter of a story that has already been shaped by a number of great masters, designers and enlightened entrepreneurs but that, at the same time, tends to stick to its own practices and to the almost sacred ritual of its production processes.

Today, with respect and knowledge, Wave Murano Glass tries to re-create a new and ancient story at the same time.

“Sculpting is still my main passion, because it allows me to create new forms and express my feelings and emotions to the fullest. However, I would like to expand my horizons and move on to the lighting sector, because the latest technological advances could be just the incentive I need to develop new shapes and new ways to integrate glass and technology”.

 

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