Fazzoletto

One of epiphany’s signature pieces is the Splash bowl, which April has been creating with her team since the start of her career. They are whimsical objects resembling drops of liquid hitting a surface and bursting outward. Splash bowls are made using the Fazzoletto technique, a freeform sculpting style created at the Venini Factory in the 1940’s and recently popularized in America by Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly. April used the Fazzelletto technique as a starting point and then added her own unique method of glassblowing to create something unique and fresh. We will be taking a look at the history of this technique and how the styles of Venini, Chihuly and April compare.

Venini
The Fazzoletto technique originated at the Venini Factory in the late 1940s, created by Paolo Venini in collaboration with Italian glassmaker, Fulvio Bianconi. This freeform style, resembling a scrunched up handkerchief, is considered to be an aesthetic that embraces postwar liberalism, as it creates irregular freeform shapes that differ from the mostly symmetrical designs that were made prior to World War II.
Fazzoletto is made by blowing a molten glass bubble, which is then cut open to allow the glass to flow freely. The glass is spun and centripetal force spreads and flattens the glass similar to pizza dough. After this shape is created, the glass is flipped downward so gravity can create the iconic handkerchief points that fazzoletto is defined by.
This process is demonstrated in the video below taken at the Venini Factory in Murano, Italy during the Glass Art Society Annual Conference last month.