b. 1976 Venice, Italy
Lives and works in Murano
Gianluca Vidal was born in Venice and at the age of 14 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 moved to the studio of Effetre Internationalas the youngest glass worker in the studio. Under the tutelage of the masters at Effetre, Vidal began to learn the most difficult glass techniques, and his talent as a glass maker began to emerge.
Vidal has worked over the years with many of the most important glass maestros in Murano, including Afro Celotto, Silvano Molin, Luciano Pavanello, Giancarlo Tagliapietra and Dino Vio. His colleagues gave him the nickname “Crema,” because of his natural ability to gracefully shape glass as a “cream.” The master glassmakers of Murano are able to blow very thin and airy forms that are delicately shaped, using only a few simple iron tools. These tools are virtually the same today as they were a thousand years ago.
In 2000, while working at the artistic glass factory Schiavon, Vidal again had the opportunity to work with the great maestro Afro Celotto, whom he had also known at Effetre. One year later, after learning the techniques of filigrana, mosaics, and tesserae murrines, he decides to open a new studio with Celotto and Carlo Tagliapietra. Celotto’s 2009 departure from the studio gave Vidal the chance to express his own talents and energy. Today Vidal owns his own glass studio in Murano.