Simone Crestani’s poetical and sculptural glass
creations are the expression of a pure and elegant style: the perfect fusion of
tradition and innovation.
When did you start working with glass?
I started when I was very young. I was only fifteen when I first entered the glassworks of master artisan Massimo Lunardon, where the red-hot glass immediately mesmerised me. Shortly after, I started my apprenticeship as a glassblower, and it was love at first sight. In 2010, I opened my own studio, the “Atelier Crestani”, where I continue to develop my creations.
Who played an important role in influencing your career?
Although not from a technical point of view, I believe that the person who influenced my career and marked my future was Milanese gallery owner Jean Blanchaert: he was the first to believe in me and to stimulate me to follow this path.
I usually take inspiration from the natural world, reinventing and translating these themes according to my aesthetic taste.
I was only fifteen when I first entered the glassworks of master artisan Massimo Lunardon, where the red-hot glass immediately mesmerised me.
You work with an experimental technique. Can you
explain us what it is about? Are you the only one who uses it? I wouldn’t define it experimental, but rather a technique that I have adapted to my needs. Compared to how it is normally employed, I work with borosilicate glass in a more sculptural way. This has enabled me to create bigger pieces with more attention to detail. I am renowned for this particular technique, and I have often been asked to teach in prestigious academies and glassmaking schools.
What inspires your creations?
I usually take inspiration from the natural world, reinventing and translating these themes according to my aesthetic taste, always making sure that I maintain the pure and elegant style that characterises me.
How do you combine the traditional technique of
glassblowing with the contemporary designs that characterise your style?
This is not something I think about when I’m creating. I just follow my taste, and the result comes naturally.
What is the profile of your clients?
I usually sell abroad, especially in the United States. My work is mainly used in interior design projects.
Are you currently working on any new project or exhibition?
I’m working on an important solo exhibition that will be held in Bologna next September, where I will present some of my latest works. In addition, the year 2017 will be full of events, with exhibitions in other famous locations, such as the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Museum of the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza.
What are the challenges and prospects in your field?
The most critical aspect, especially in Italy, is to give the right value to the world of artistic crafts. I believe that much is being done, and I hope that this very important aspect of our cultural heritage will be given new life.