(Murano, Venice, Italy 1934. He lives and works in Murano, Venice, Italy) His first approach to glass was under Archimede Seguso at the age of twelve; within a decade he had become a maestro. His fame has spread worldwide and, according to Dale Chihuly, he is “perhaps the world’s greatest living glassblower.” During his long career he cooperated with the most renowned glass furnaces of Murano. In 1979 he went to the US as a teacher at the Pilchuck School in Seattle, where he started a fruitful collaboration and exchange with American glass artists, among which are Dan Bailey and Dale Chihuly. In the 1990s, he received international recognition for his excellence in craftsmanship and his ability to merge the best of classic and contemporary design. His glass works are in the collections of the most prestigious glass museums around the world.