Matteo Tagliapietra was born on the 16th of November 1973; he is son of a Murano glass master. He began to work at 16 as helper and pupil of Mario Gambaro, owner and glass master at Vetreria Artistica Gambaro & Poggi Glass Company. His short but intense apprenticeship leads him to become a master in the same company, at the age of 21.
Very soon Matteo shows the abilities and skills belonging to all those with a natural disposition for this job; he can easily give shape to glass and control it. Thus he reveals himself as predestined to a profession that combines study and commitment, to the natural sensitivity that belongs to artisan masters. His main qualities are an extraordinary flexibility and an experimental temper that makes of him one of the most promising young glass Master in Murano. These are the reasons why he leads his own “piazza” – a Murano glass term which means the working team.
He experiments many working typologies, especially for what concern Murano glass objects – vases, plates, bottles, sculpture of animals, drinking glasses, carafes and various tableware a well as traditional and modern lighting. He works with various techniques, as blown glass and “massiccio”, creating typical Murano glass style productions, but he also dedicates himself to custom projects, for the artists and designers who collaborate with Gambaro & Poggi Glass Company. He has become a fundamental keystone for a furnace that in the years has been known for its refined style and its exclusive works. In 2015, after the retirement of Mario Gambaro, a great turning point. He founds together with Mario’s heirs the Gambaro & Tagliapietra Srl Glass Company, where he works as glass master and partner. This represents the beginning of a new course: to establish himself as acknowledged glass master and at the same time to begin, together with Luciano Gambaro, new productive lines, styles and creation to renew and innovate the millennial Murano Glass art.
A new challenge to face, and to win.