Alessandro Casson was born in Venice,Italy and received his Doctorate in Political Science and Economics at the Padua University Padua and History at the Venice University. Casson is an example of a well rounded Renaissance man; during his years at the university he also pursued studies in art. Later in his career, using unique non-traditional techniques, he created paintings and computer designs which were featured in national and international publications and advertising campaigns. During the last 10 years his interest focused on sculptural art glass. Casson’s interest in glass as a medium for sculpture lead him to work with various Venetian and internationally established glass artists.
In accordance with the 20th century European tradition of glassmaking, his creativity as a designer is combined with the experience and skills of top Murano glassblowers. A scientific understanding, combined with his education, gives him the ability to fuse different techniques in the production processes while working with various master glassblowers and craftsmen (smiths, carpenters, glass cold workers). The pieces are created using a very complex and difficult technique called ‘Tociar Piera’ (translated as ‘Roll Up’). Layers of patterns are created by fusing canes, glass threads, murrine and various powders on a refractory stone. The patterned glass is then rolled up on a gather of glass and blown out to the desired form. The sculpture is finished and textured with cold work, engraving and carving to reveal the layers of complex patterns and achieve a soft matte surface. To design his sculpture he first makes a drawing of the piece giving careful consideration to the aesthetics, shape and proportions he envisions. To verify the final visual effect without blowing several prototypes, a virtual object is created using 3D computer graphics and rendering software. Then a precise production plan is sketched in full scale, accompanied by specific annotations, so no detail or feature is left to chance. His artworks feature sinuous, wavy forms in vibrant colored glass deeply coldworked. The engraved surface creates depth and texture as well as subtle contrasts in opacity and transparency. The textural and tactile qualities of the coldwork heighten the sculptural effect of each piece