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Glass in Venice Prize

2012 Edition

First edition to Pino Signoretto and Bertil Vallien

22 november 2012 - 5,30 pm, Palazzo Franchetti
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti

Prize Committee
Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Rosa Barovier, glass historian
Sandro Franchini, cancelliere of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti

The first edition of the Glass in Venice Prize was awarded on 22 November 2012 by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti to the Muranese master Pino Signoretto, whose expertise and technical refinement are renowned worldwide, and Bertil Vallien, the Swedish artist whose glass works are shown in the leading international contemporary art museums and presently on exhibit at Palazzo Franchetti, the institution venue.

Sponsored by the
Comune di Venezia
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti

Pino Signoretto
Pino Signoretto was born in 1944 in a small town near Venice and in 1954 began working at a chandelier glassworks.  In 1959 he learnt from the great masters Alfredo Barbini, Livio Seguso, Ermanno Nason and Angelo Seguso, and in 1960 became a master glassmaker.
(Artist's page)

Bertil Vallien
Born in 1938, in Stockholm, Sweden
Graduated in 1961 from the University of Art and Design in Stockholm, Sweden
Studied in USA and Mexico, 1961-1963
Independent artist/designer
Freelance designer for Oreffors Kosta Boda AB glassworks in Sweden since 1963
(Artist's page)