An affair to remember: Massimo Micheluzzi’s glass vessels at Willer

new glasswork on show at Willer gallery
A summer exposé of Massimo Micheluzzi’s new glasswork is on show at Willer gallery, in celebration of his lifelong bond with the material
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Venetian-born artist Massimo Micheluzzi has had a lifelong love affair with glass, turning the classic material into dynamic contemporary art over the years. London gallery Willer is celebrating this bond with a summertime exposé of 25 of his vessels.

Starting his story with the likes of master glassmakers Venini back in the 1990s, he has since been experimenting with his own handmade, complex techniques. Often drawing on the sought after intricacy of mosaics that appear on floors across the cathedrals, old housing and courtyards of Italy, he produces this effect on his voluptuous vessels. But while we may presume these would look archaic and dated, Micheluzzi applies a refined modernism.

‘There’s a form of alchemy involved in working with this material and countless secrets to be discovered,’ Micheluzzi explains. ‘My work recalls the atmosphere of Venice, the lagoon, the silvery waterways and the cloudy skies. I use glass to convey a feeling of motion.’ This romance resonates throughout the Willer collections, which are all painstakingly created in his studio – from the wondrous curves and ripples of his transparent 'Iridescent' collection to the abstract terrazzo pattern sculptures in the newest 'Mosaico' collection.

Micheluzzi also offers up the the key to a lasting (and successful) relationship with the material: ‘If you truly love glass, and really try to understand its needs, it will reveal its infinite creative possibility a bit at a time. My mission is to elicit more confidence from the material, hoping that slowly it will reveal its secrets to me.’

intricacy of mosaics

He draws on the intricacy of mosaics, that appear on the floors of Italian cathedrals and courtyards, for his voluptuous vessels

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use glass to convey a feeling of motion

‘My work recalls the atmosphere of Venice, the lagoon, the silvery waterways and the cloudy skies. I use glass to convey a feeling of motion,’ says Micheluzzi of his handcrafted wares

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'Massimo Micheluzzi: Mosaico' is on view until 30 July. For more information, visit the Willer website


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Sujata Burman is a writer and editor based in London, specialising in design and culture. She was Digital Design Editor at Wallpaper* before moving to her current role of Head of Content at London Design Festival and London Design Biennale where she is expanding the content offering of the showcases. Over the past decade, Sujata has written for global design and culture publications, and has been a speaker, moderator and judge for institutions and brands including RIBA, D&AD, Design Museum and Design Miami/. In 2019, she co-authored her first book, An Opinionated Guide to London Architecture, published by Hoxton Mini Press, which was driven by her aim to make the fields of design and architecture accessible to wider audiences.