Hollow Bead Making – Venetian Style (intermediate-advanced)
Learn the Venetian style of hollow glass bead making from an international glass master


Davide Penso from the Murano Glass Academy in Italy is an internationally recognised jewellery designer and glass beadmaker who has taught widely, including at the Corning Glass School, New York State.

This Festival of Glass workshop runs over 3 days, although students can attend Day 1 only, or Days 1 and 2 only.

The workshop will focus on creating hollow beads using traditional Venetian furnace glass techniques adapted for use with a “baby pipe”. NB: This workshop is not suitable for beginners. You must have previous experience with making solid beads using Soda Lime glass to attend this workshop.

  • Day 1: Venetian-style techniques for blowing transparent plain glass round beads and creating even shapes.
  • Day 2: Changing the shape of the blown beads including creating long blown shapes and adding simple but interesting decoration.
  • Day 3: Symmetrical and more complex decoration of the blown beads including use of Murrine in blown beads.

The program will include demonstrations and it will be adapted and added to depending on the specific progress, interests and skills of those attending.

Tools: Three basic tools are required (Diamond scissor cutter, Carlo Donà Baby Blow Pipe and Tweezers.) Davide will supply these for the class. At the end of the class you can buy brand new Carlo Donà tools from Davide if you choose.

Fees: $400 per person per day. Fees include individualised, personal tuition from Davide, who is a recognised glass master and teacher.

Please note: you must attend Day 1 to attend Days 2 and 3.

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27 February, 28 February, 1 March 2017, 9.30am to 4.30pm; $400 per day


Contact Details


1480 C126, Swan Bay, Victoria, Australia

Hollow Bead Making – Venetian Style (intermediate-advanced)

1480 C126, Swan Bay, Victoria, Australia

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