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Gianluca Vidal

Gianluca Vidal – Murano Glass Master

Gianluca Vidal was born in Venice on July 1, 1976. At the young age of 14 he started to work with glass at the Studio Vetreria DP, on the Island of Murano. Here he studied under the Glass Maestro Imperio Rossi. After two years he decided to move to the studio of Effetre International. As the youngest glass worker in the studio and under the tutelage of the masters at Effetre, Gianluca began to learn the most difficult glass techniques and his talent as a glass maker began to emerge. Gianluca has worked over the years with many of the most important Glass Maestros on Murano; men
like Afro Celotto, Silvano Molin, Luciano Pavanello, Giancarlo Tagliapietra and Dino Vio. It is in this period that his colleagues give him the nickname “Crema”, due to his natural ability to gracefully shape glass as a “cream”. In 2000, while working at the Artistic Glass Factory Schiavon, he again has the opportunity to work with the great Maestro Afro Celotto, with whom he had also known at Effetre. One year later, after learning the techniques of filigrana, mosaics and tessere murrines, he decides to open a new studio with Afro Celotto and CarloTagliapietra. In 2009, when Afro Celotto left the studio, it gave Gianluca the chance to express his own talents and energy in his new collections.

Today Gianluca owns his own glass studio on Murano where each day he is creating new pieces that are being collected by art enthusiasts around the world. As far as process, it can be quite involved. If we skip past the 10-12 years that it takes to become reasonably competent with the techniques, it takes a particularly gifted glassblower to gain the title of “Master”. There are glassblowers on Murano who have worked in the studios for 60+ years who have never attained this status.

Vidal starts with colored glass canes. From these he twists, bends and pulls them into spectacularly complex Murrine and Zanfirico pieces. Then these pieces are cut and prepared on a metal plate in a particular pattern that will result in the intricate composition, or final pattern of the colors and shapes in the glass. The pieces on this plate are warmed while he prepares a “gather” of hot glass (around 2400 degrees) on the end of his blowpipe. At this point he also will create a small bubble in the gather. The gather is rolled over the warmed glass pieces in a “pick-up”. Next is a careful process of re-heating, rolling, shaping, blowing and adding more glass until he has all of the pieces perfectly fused together in one large mass of molten glass. After this the blowpipe is usually switched to a “punty” as no more air needs to be blown into the vase. The punty is also attached at a different location so the artist can change the “axis” of the vase. This technique is only mastered by a small number of artist but it allows for dramatic patterns to be made in the glass. The next step involves removing the vase from the punty and putting it into an annealer where the vase is slowly and carefully cooled over about 24 hours. If it is cooled too quickly or too slowly the glass can become brittle or crack. The annealing process gives the
vases their strength. After the vases are cooled they are carved or ground with a variety of sizes and shapes of grinding wheels. This step gives the pieces their unique surface texture.

The very last step is for the artist to use a small Dremel tool and to sign and date the bottom of the pieces. He also writes “Murano” and 1/1 to signify they are completely unique.

Art glass from Murano does not tarnish, patina or fade. A cared for piece will retain its beauty forever.

Gianluca Vidal

Native Visions Gallery - Jupiter

104 Breakwater Court
Jupiter, FL, 33477
Map / Directions
(p) 561.741.1600    (f) 561.741.3311

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Gallery@NativeVisions.com

Native Visions Gallery - Naples

737 5th Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102
Map / Directions
(p) 239.643.3785    (f) 239.643.5346

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
NaplesGallery@NativeVisions.com

  • Piero 05 - 25269

    Piero 05

    Size: 27 1/2 x 11 x 4 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25269

  • Speranza 11 - 25268

    Speranza 11

    Size: 21 x 10 x 4 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25268

  • Aspiro 14 - 25267

    Aspiro 14

    Size: 17 x 16 x 6
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25267

  • Aspiro 03 - 25266

    Aspiro 03

    Size: 25 x 11 x 6 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25266

  • Speranza 08 - 25257

    Speranza 08

    Size: 5 x 18 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25257

  • SOLD – Speranza 05 - 25253

    SOLD – Speranza 05

    Size: 5 x 19 1/2 x 17 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25253

  • Speranza 22 - 25265

    Speranza 22

    Size: 14 1/2 x 11 x 4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25265

  • Speranza 24 - 25264

    Speranza 24

    Size: 18 1/2 x 10 x 4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25264

  • Speranza 21 - 25263

    Speranza 21

    Size: 17 x 10 x 4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25263

  • Fedele 22 - 25262

    Fedele 22

    Size: 20 x 10 1/2 x 4 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25262

  • Fedele 15 - 25261

    Fedele 15

    Size: 17 x 9 x 5
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25261

  • Fedele 26 - 25260

    Fedele 26

    Size: 20 x 10 1/2 x 5
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25260

  • Fedele 27 - 25259

    Fedele 27

    Size: 14 1/2 x 11 x 4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25259

  • Fiamme 29 - 25258

    Fiamme 29

    Size: 14 1/2 x 11 x 4 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25258

  • Speranza 06 - 25256

    Speranza 06

    Size: 5 1/2 x 18
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25256

  • Speranza 03 - 25255

    Speranza 03

    Size: 5 x 20 1/2 x 17 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25255

  • Speranza 07 - 25254

    Speranza 07

    Size: 4 x 20
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25254

  • Speranza 02 - 25252

    Speranza 02

    Size: 5 x 16 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 25252

  • Fedele 01 - 24407

    Fedele 01

    Size: 5 x 19 x 17 3/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24407

  • Fedele 02 - 24408

    Fedele 02

    Size: 5 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 19
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24408

  • Fedele 03 - 24409

    Fedele 03

    Size: 5 1/2 x 20 x 17 3/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24409

  • Fedele 04 - 24410

    Fedele 04

    Size: 6 1/2 x 19 x 18
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24410

  • Fedele 05 - 24411

    Fedele 05

    Size: 4 3/4 x 20 x 20
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24411

  • Fedele 06 - 24412

    Fedele 06

    Size: 5 3/4 x 20 1/4 x 20
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24412

  • Fedele 07 - 24413

    Fedele 07

    Size: 6 1/2 x 21 1/4 x 17
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24413

  • Fedele 08 - 24414

    Fedele 08

    Size: 6 x 19 1/2 x 19
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24414

  • Fedele 11 - 24417

    Fedele 11

    Size: 21 x 9 x 4 3/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24417

  • Fedele 20 - 24419

    Fedele 20

    Size: 18 x 10 x 4 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24419

  • Fiamme 22 - 24152

    Fiamme 22

    Size: 15 x 11 x 4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24152

  • Fiamme 31 - 24153

    Fiamme 31

    Size: 12 x 11 1/2 x 4 1/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24153

  • Fiamme 35 - 24154

    Fiamme 35

    Size: 17 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 4 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24154

  • Icona 04 - 24158

    Icona 04

    Size: 27 3/4 x 11 x 5
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24158

  • Notabile 35 - 23963

    Notabile 35

    Size: 18 x 9 x 4 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23963

  • Notabile 12 - 23962

    Notabile 12

    Size: 17 x 9 x 4 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23962

  • Lodare 31 - 23961

    Lodare 31

    Size: 13 x 10 x 4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23961

  • Kiara 08 - 23960

    Kiara 08

    Size: 15 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23960

  • Aspiro 09 - 23959

    Aspiro 09

    Size: 26 x 11 x 6
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23959

  • Vivo 21 - 23347

    Vivo 21

    Size: 13 x 12 x 5
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23347

  • Kiara 03 - 23344

    Kiara 03

    Size: 15 x 11 x 5
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23344

  • Piero 02 - 23136

    Piero 02

    Size: 19 x 13 x 5
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23136

  • Vivo 13 - 22861

    Vivo 13

    Size: 20 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 4 3/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 22861

  • Vivo 31 - 22848

    Vivo 31

    Size: 15 1/4 x 10 3/4 x 4 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 22848

  • Vivo 14 - 22845

    Vivo 14

    Size: 20 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 4 3/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 22845

  • Magari 02 - 22853

    Magari 02

    Size: 23 x 12 3/4 x 6 1/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 22853

  • Potente 14 - 21694

    Potente 14

    Size: 24 x 12 x 6
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 21694

  • Vivo 04 - 23131

    Vivo 04

    Size: 20 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 4 3/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23131

  • Potente 20 - 23132

    Potente 20

    Size: 17 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 5 1/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23132

  • SOLD – Magari 03 - 22840

    SOLD – Magari 03

    Size: 23 x 12 3/4 x 6 1/4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 22840

  • SOLD – Fiamme 40 - 24156

    SOLD – Fiamme 40

    Size: 5 1/2 x 19 x 16
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24156

  • SOLD – Icona 01 - 24157

    SOLD – Icona 01

    Size: 27 x 11 1/2 x 5
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24157

  • SOLD – Vivo 18 - 23346

    SOLD – Vivo 18

    Size: 16 x 11 x 5
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23346

  • SOLD – Fiamme 39 - 24155

    SOLD – Fiamme 39

    Size: 5 1/4 x 19 x 17
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24155

  • SOLD – Miraggi 31 - 23345

    SOLD – Miraggi 31

    Size: 26 x 9 x 9
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23345

  • SOLD – Fedele 10 - 24416

    SOLD – Fedele 10

    Size: 8 x 16 x 10 1/2
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 24416

  • SOLD – Aspiro 17 - 22196

    SOLD – Aspiro 17

    Size: 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 X 6
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 22196

  • SOLD – Vivo 37 - 23964

    SOLD – Vivo 37

    Size: 15 x 12 x 5
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23964

  • SOLD – Bellezza 02 - 23342

    SOLD – Bellezza 02

    Size: 8 x 17 x 11
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 23342

  • SOLD – Notabile 16 - 22202

    SOLD – Notabile 16

    Size: 13 1/4 x 11 1/4 x 4
    Medium: Glass

    Product #: 22202

Gianluca Vidal – At Work In Studio