THE TECNIQUE – MACCHIA SU MACCHIA
Traditionally, in Murano glass blowing tradition, the macchia is applied in a single phase and it is subsequently coated with a crystal layer. Here, instead, it has been deconstructed and reassembled.
By completely removing the crystal, the artworks lose the sparkling effect – a characteristic of the traditional macchia pattern- in favour of an opaque one.
The chromatic motifs are created through repeated multiple applications of colourful pigments and flakes: layers on layers, macchie on macchie.
The opacity as well as the layers bring to life a soft and dense texture – a drastic departure from the formal canons of the Murano glass tradition – whose optical effect is reminiscent of the vast array of colourful glazes, marbles and pietre dure in vogue throughout ancient Italy, which were at the heart of this project’s research.