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Afro Celotto

Afro Celotto was born in Venice on August 24, 1963. He started working with glass when he was only 14 years old, apprenticing for 12 years as 1st assistant to the legendary Lino Tagliapietra. Since these early years, Afro has been producing some of the world’s most beautiful art glass. Even though he is considered a "youngster" in the world of glass blowing, Afro is quickly becoming recognized by collectors for his technical ability and artistic expression.

After many years at “Effetre International” (Lino Tagliapietra’s studio), Afro took his skills to “La Murrina” where he filled the position of “First Master”. Here he specialized in two of the oldest techniques: filigrana and murrine. Four years later, Afro returned to “Effetre International” after being asked to replace Lino Tagliapietra, who had moved to the United States to open his own studio.

Afro opened his own studio with two talented friends, Luca Vidal and Carlo Tagliapietra. For many years previously, Afro worked within the old tradition where great glass masters executed the designs of others. In this new century, he has moved beyond excellence in execution and now finally feels free to devote his attention and focus to his own artistic expression and unique works. 2004/2005 has been an immensely creative period for him.

The principal components of glass are silica sand, soda and potassium which, when hand blown and joined with other particular ingredients, fuse and become glass at a temperature of about 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. In the specific case of Afro, he uses an even more complex and difficult technique called “tociar piera” or “filigree”. Afro prepares the rods of colored glass then lets them cool down slowly. He cuts them to the size he requires to make the piece, joins them all together, reheats them and begins to give them form by means of blowing and shaping.
Also present in most of Afro Celotto’s works are the advanced glass blowing techniques of incalmo and Battuto. Incalmo involves the joining of two or more hot molten glass pieces together on to one blow pipe to combine the separate designs in to one complete piece. This provides for a clean separation of color and/or design into one piece. Battuto (which in Italian translates to ”beaten”) involves the entire surface of the piece being cut as if it was ground, producing small, irregular and adjacent markings.

Afro also has the privilege of an important artistic relationship with Pino Signoretto, generally considered the greatest master for heavy glass sculptures on Murano Island and also a collaborator with Dale Chihuly's team. The hands of the Maestros, although working with incredible technical and artistic ability, cannot match mechanical precision. Therefore tiny bubbles of air and small impurities (such as some “rare earths” not perfectly fused) are thus unavoidable in an original Murano work of art.

In the case of Maestro Afro Celotto, his skill is most evident in the very complex and particularly difficult techniques he uses; techniques that have been mastered by only a few glass blowers in the world. The graphic sign that you see under each piece is the actual signature of the artist, Maestro Afro Celotto. He uses a special diamond point to handwrite it under every piece that is made by him. This is your guarantee of the authenticity and the uniqueness of each art glass piece.

   
 
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