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We believe that Venice and Murano have an incredible cultural heritage and know-how when it comes to glassmaking. Our mission is to preserve and disseminate this incredible tradition, and at the same time, enrich it further with a diversity of techniques and ideas. To do so, we our focusing our efforts on an educational exchange program with The Pilchuck Glass School, with the intention of creating an international hub for artists and designers from all over the world. We would like to create a place and give an opportunity to all who want to discover what Murano is, and what the glass tradition is still capable of offering here, thereby creating a new link between the “tradition and the modernity”, between Murano and the rest of the world of glass.


The goal for the second iteration of AUTONOMA & ACSTVM is to lay a foundation for an enduring fellowship program. Building on the success of this year’s pilot program – where three students toured and worked in Murano’s glass factories for several weeks, we are making changes to the structure of the program in an effort to foster an even more enriching experience for all the participants.

The program will continue to showcase the rich glass-making tradition of Murano, but will have a much larger practical component this time. Instead of touring factories, the participants will spend two weeks working in a glass factory under the expert tutelage of Andy Paiko. The program will also host double the students (six), and will be themed, both in practice and theory, around the re-interpretation of classical Rezzonico Chandeliers. The students will be able to design and produce glass objects assisted by some of the most prestigious Maestros of Murano. They will also have opportunities to engage with experts in the field through lectures and tours, culminating in what we hope is a complete immersion in the unique glassmaking culture of Murano.