Stefano Morasso

An innovative and evocative style expressed in one-of-a-kind works.

The story

Stefano Morasso was born in Murano in the Venice lagoon in 1962 and worked as an apprentice with Effetre glass factory in Murano from 1978/1979, before opening his own business in partnership with his father Giacomo in 1980. This led him to explore the world of making glass through lampworking and brought out his innate talent for bringing together different tones and working ancient techniques into modern and unique forms.

He met his wife Nicoletta in 1992 and together they took up work in a new direction, which included overseas travel which took them out of Italy a good 10 years. After returning to Venice in 2013 Stefano’s permanent work base is now his studio on the Giudecca in Venice, where he can be visited.

Master Morasso himself recalls most significant moments in his life

“When my mother, Verilda De Polo, began lampworking at the famous Brussa factory in Murano, she was fourteen years old. At eighteen years old she met Mino Morasso, my father, who is also from Murano and who, at the time, was working in a chandelier factory.  

At twenty years old my parents got married and left for Germany, where a company which wanted to promote gas use inside houses, was showing how Murano lampworking worked. Subsequently they came back in Murano and started their own business.

One could say that I was born with glass in my veins and, since I was very little, I was fascinated by the shapes and colors my father was able to create in front of my eyes. After my studies I experienced in a lamp factory, but that kind of job was not the one for me. As a consequence, I left it, even though I have great memories of my masters and colleagues and the experience enrichened me.

I sat beside my father with my torch and I began doing what I loved. I learned from him, and shared with him many working hours made of attempts, delusions but also successes, joy and victories, since glass is a difficult material to work, especially when you force it with any processing that had never been tried before.

In the 80s I thought about reproducing the furnace work in my studio with the only help of my torch and that is when I started to blow and produce lampwork objects which, until that moment, only big factories were manufacturing.

When I was 30 I met my wife Nicoletta and we opened a store in Venice, we had a son and we travelled around the world. In 2011 we came back to Italy and since that moment I opened my studio in the Giudecca island where you can see me at work, blowing glasses, making beads or teaching my son the working techniques.

That is how you pass ancient arts and jobs on to young people and how each generation modifies and renews a thousand-year-long processing such as the Murano glass one.