Stefano Morasso

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

The Story

Master Stefano Morasso was born in Murano, an island in the Venice lagoon, in 1962. At a very young age, he began to experiment his artisan skills in a furnace where lamps are produced, then arriving in his father Mino’s laboratory which he learned glass processing by light.

This allows him to explore the techniques of working with Murano glass, bringing to light his innate talent for combining different tones and creating modern and unique shapes using ancient techniques.

His incredible talents are immediately recognized and his innovations adopted and imitated all over the world. The suggestive style of the Master Stefano Morasso is in fact clearly visible in his works, unique in his genre.

In 1992 he met his wife Nicoletta and together the two began working in a new direction, which included trips overseas that took them out of Italy for 10 years, until 2013.

Currently it is possible to meet the Master Stefano Morasso (and see him at work) in his studio, where he works together with his wife Nicoletta Viola, in the wonderful cloister inside the convent of SS. Cosma and Damiano, on the island of Giudecca in Venice.


Master Morasso himself recalls most significant moments in his life

“My mother, Verilda De Polo, at the age of fourteen began working with lamps in the famous Brussa factory in Murano. At eighteen she met Mino Morasso, my father, also from Murano who at the time worked in a factory that produced chandeliers.

At the age of twenty my parents got married and left for Germany where a gas company, to promote its use in homes, organized a vision of lampworking Murano glass.

Later they returned to Murano and opened their own business.

Well, I was born with glass in my veins and since I was a child I was fascinated by the shapes and colors that my father was able to create before my eyes.

After my studies, I gained experience in a factory where lamps were produced, but the type of job didn’t suit me, so I left, still keeping good memories of my teachers and colleagues and above all enriched by that experience.

I sat next to my father with my torch and started doing what I liked.

From him I learned and shared hours and hours of work made up of attempts, disappointments, but also of success and satisfaction for victories because glass is a difficult material to work with especially when you force it with processes never performed until then.

In the 80s I had an intuition, namely that of reproducing the work of the furnace in my laboratory with the sole aid of my torch and so it was that I began to blow and produce lampwork objects which until then were the prerogative of large industry.

At the age of thirty I met my wife Nicoletta and with her I opened a shop in Venice, had a child and traveled the world.

We returned to Italy in 2011 and since then I have opened my studio on Giudecca where you can see me at work blowing goblets, making beads or teaching my son my crafting techniques.

This is how ancient arts and crafts are transmitted and this is how, every generation, brings, modifies and renews a millenary process such as that of Murano glass.”