Exhibition 21.09. – 17.11.2012
at the Eco Design Showroom
A project by Nicole Lehner and Luzia Kälin


The Glassmaker


The glassmaker uses long established methods to produce a wide-array of glass products. With a blowing iron glass lumps are taken from the oven and using various tools to turn, blow and cool the material it is transformed from raw glass into an object. Nowadays however, even complicated glass forms can be seamlessly mass-produced over night.

In Switzerland, the glassmaker trade is no longer offered as an apprenticeship. Matteo Gonet is one of the few glassmakers in Switzerland who can still master the old, little-practiced glassmaking techniques. One such technique is reticello, a decoration for glass bowls and vases which was first introduced in the beginning of the 16th century in Venice. The technique originated from filigree glass, where multiple tubes of white glass are rolled out on a flat surface to form threads that are then embedded in clear glass. The technique’s high-precision inspired the geometrically formed vases giving a contemporary appearance to the old reticello technique.

in collaboration witht:

Matteo Gonet, Glassworks GmbH
Maximilian Schlott, Mitarbeiter


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