The Coralla vase was born after a beautiful day spent in Murano with Master Gianni Seguso. The initial idea was of creating a large vase. The colors were chosen but the technique was not. While experimenting Maestro Seguso suggested the bullegato, which gives the ruby pink surface its crackle effect. “It’s a technique all great glass masters love but that I have never used before.”
Only Gianni’s savoir faire allowed us to create it. “I started using gold only recently and I love it more and more every time. Here, the pink and the gold remind me of the colors that my friend Coralla Maiuri uses in her porcelains. I dedicated the vase to her.”
The life of Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga is viscerally linked to Venice. His childhood memories, the most beautiful, are those that have taken place in the rooms of Palazzo Papadopoli, between frescoes of Tiepolo and family affection. “In my earliest memories Venice had other colours. It was more obscure, dramatic, decayed and deeply romantic – simply beautiful. There wasn’t the same light like there is today – more dazzling perhaps, but less poetic.”
Each piece derives from a watercolour sketch made by Giberto on tracing paper: “When I see something that inspires me, or an object that I like, I sketch and rework it – then move on to the realization of it.”
The glass, the main material in the collections, is worked exclusively in Murano. Each glass, each specific object, is blown by master glassmakers in the Venetian furnaces.
Giberto takes his watercolours to discuss with them and refine the project, check its feasibility, and to make eventual changes.