Murano, expensive gas and an endless crisis. The Signoretto glassworks shuts down its furnaces

Pino Signoretto at work
Paola, daughter of Pino, the glass artist known around the world, voices her anger. “If my father was still alive he would die from the pain of seeing all this”

By Vera Mantengoli

17 March 2022

MURANO. “If my father were still alive he would die of pain to see what is happening”. Paola Signoretto, daughter of the famous glass master Pino, can’t rest easy.

Yesterday it fell to her son Martino Signoretto to shut down the ovens. “There was work, but the gas bills were too high, and we could not go on like this”. The increase in gas prices has now also forced Signoretto, Srl to close, the company that bears the name and the memory of one of the greatest sculptors of glass, Pino Signoretto, who was capable of transforming sand and fire into works of art that would be exhibited around the world.

“When my father died at 73 in 2017 he was already sad to see how the crisis had taken hold in the world of glass, which he had lived his entire life for, ever since becoming a master glassmaker at age 16,” recalls his daughter.

“I’m certain he could not have stood seeing the ovens shut down despite there being work, forced down by insane prices that have left us no choice”.

Like many other glassworks that are closing, Signoretto also had already suffered serious blows, first with the acqua alta of 19 November 2019 and then with the pandemic.

From then on the problems have compounded, and just as they had begun to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the market wiped out all the effort again. “2022 is the UN year of glass, a choice made precisely to breathe life into the entire glass supply chain. How is it possible that the island of Murano, the home of glass, is forced to see its furnaces close one after the other?” asks the daughter of the glass master who worked with Vedova, Pomodoro and Jeff Koons.

In recent days Gianni De Checchi of Confartigianato announced that support from the Government should arrive soon, but for the furnaces that must pay the bills now, there is no more time.

Signoretto’s grandson, Martino, is 31 years old. After attending liceo artistico he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, but inspiration, skill and technique are not enough now. The two furnaces with the melting crucibles, plus the third for reheating have been shut down for now, in the hope that they can reopen as soon as the situation allows a minimum of stability for the business.

the legal decree 541 is currently being converted into a law that provides a tax credit of 15% of the costs incurred by businesses that will be able to deduct it from tax payments. Furthermore, the Budget Law has set aside 3 million Euro for glass that Confartigianato has asked to be managed by Veneto Sviluppo.

Finally, De Checci has requested an appointment with regional assessor Roberto Marcato to ask for further assistance for the businesses because the market is now again bad for everyone.

Source: La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre

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