Biography: Simone Crestani

Simone Crestani
Simone Crestani

Simone Crestani is an artist, a designer, and a glassblowing master. He was born in Marostica, in the region of Venice, where he still lives and works. The privilege of living near Venice, a glass capital, has given him the opportunity to make frequent visits to Venetian glass masters. He started working with glass in 2000 as Massimo Lunardon’s apprentice, during which time he mastered different techniques of flameworking. Crestani is inspired by “the never-ending variety of the natural world, and how the shapes of animals and plants magically come to life, even in their tiniest details, in a celebration of lightness and transparency,” he says.

While teaching at The Studio in the summer of 2015, he and artist Timothy Rogers created several prototypes for a potential 2016 Instructor Collaborative Residency at The Studio—which they did, in fact, receive. They realized there were many ways to expand on the work they only had a short time to create in 2015, and were excited to take advantage of the rare chance to combine their skills and creativity in unique ways in 2016. During their residency, they created large-scale hollow borosilicate sculptures with illustrated, etched surfaces. They combined flameworking with hot shop equipment and techniques to create the sculptures before etching their chosen themes and designs into the surfaces.

Crestani is regularly invited as an artist-in-residency, and as an instructor by prestigious art academies and glass schools all over the world, including The Studio. His work is currently represented in galleries in New York, Paris, London, Milan, and Venice.