Toffolo Glass Master - Murano

Glass Master in Murano - Cesare Toffolo

Glass Master in Murano, half a Century of History, Experience and Teaching in Artistic Glassworking

Maestro vetraio Murano - Cesare Toffolo

Cesare Toffolo is a Glass Master born in Murano in 1961 and grew up in a family of Glass Masters.

His Grandfather Giacomo, was a Master Glass Blower in the Venini Furnace. He taught his son Florino (Cesare’s father) the techniques that made him also a Master Glass Blower at Venini by the age of 17.

Florino then specialized in flameworking blown glass, getting the acceptance of the most traditional people of Murano.

Cesare often visited his father’s studio, and learned lampworking at 14.

He lost his father three years later, but continued perfecting the technique on his own. He reached the same credibility that Florino enjoyed in Murano. In addition, Cesare developed many flameworking techniques with the borosilicate glass never tried before. Some of these are the Filigree and the use of Gold leaf.

He collaborated with the most prestigious glass establishments in Murano and with international famous designers.

He was 21 when he exhibited at the Palazzo Ca’ Vendramin Calergi in Venice.
At the age of 30, in 1991, Cesare was invited to teach at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. This was followed by other courses there, and at the Niijima Glass Art Center in Tokyo, at The Studio of Corning Museum of Glass, at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, at the Toyama Glass Art Institute, at Kanazu Forest of Creation Foundation in Japan.

He’s been invited to demonstrate his lampworking skills in Tokyo at the Glass Art Institute and at the Glass House Institute, at CERFAV in France at the Symposium European of Glass, and in various G.A.S. Conference. Cesare is one of the top Glass Artists in Murano, and his work is listed in publications that track down the value of high End Art in Italy.

He was the conceiver and the founder of CENTRO STUDIO VETRO, a non-profit cultural association in Murano born in 1997 that promoted Glass Art in Italy and Abroad

He was also the conceiver of the Glass Magazine Vetro published by C.S.V.
From 2001 to 2003 he coordinated as Artistic Director the first Glass Workshops in the Venice lagoon, exactly in S. Servolo Island.

In 2018 Cesare joined the Glass Art Society Board and coordinated, as Chairman of the Muranese Committee, the event G.A.S. Conference 2018 in Murano.
In the same year he published two Volumes, the title is: Il Vetro a Lume – Lampworking.
In his atelier, located in an ancient palace in fondamenta dei Vetrai in Murano, he is now joined by his sons Emanuel and Elia.

Currently, Toffolo continues to create his works with skill and inventiveness, which, for decades have continued to be exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections all over the world.


Cesare Toffolo Murano 1982
First exhibition of Cesare Toffolo: Ca'Vendramin Calergi, Venice 1982
Teaching at Pilchuck, USA, 1991
From the left: Cesare Toffolo, Lina Tagliapietra, Lino Tagliapietra, Teresa Seno. Seattle, USA, 1991
Founding members of Centro Studio Vetro. From the left: Claudio Tiozzo, Davide Salvadore Cesare Toffolo, Norberto Moretti. Venice, 1997
Pilchuck Glass School. From the left: William Morris, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Cesare Toffolo, Benjamin Moore, Checco Ongaro, Ben Edols.- U.S.A. 2003
G.A.S. Conference 2009. From the left: Cesare Toffolo, Robert Mickelsen, Marcie Davis. Corning, NY, U.S.A.
G.A.S. Conference 2009. Demonstration of Cesare Toffolo al Corning museum of Glass. Corning, NY, U.S.A.
Teaching at the Universitade Nova de Lisboa. Lisbon, Portugal. 2010
Teaching at Pilchuck Glass School. From the left: Chris Ahalt, Cesare Toffolo, Micah Evans, Elia Toffolo. U.S.A. 2013
Teaching at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. 2013 Corning, NY, U.S.A.
From left: Cesare Toffolo, Teresa Seno, Shane Fero at Cesare Toffolo's atelier. 2013 Murano, Venice, Italy
Cesare Toffolo and Helmut Greiner Petter. 2014 Lauscha, Germany
Collaboration with Loren Stump. Lucio Bubacco Studio, 2014, Murano, Italy
G.A.S. Conference 2018 Murano, Italy
G.A.S. Conference Murano 2018 - From the left: Natali Rodrigues, President G.A.S. Board of Directors - Cesare Toffolo, President G.A.S. Murano Site Committee - Marina Tagliapietra, Coordinator of the G.A.S. Murano Committee - Pamela Figenshow Koss, G.A.S. Executive Director
Glass in Venice Award. 2018 Venezia, Italy
Creation of the three volumes "Il Vetro a Lume-Lampworking". Volume I by Sandro Zecchin - Volumi II and III by Cesare Toffolo. Publication 2018/19, Venice, Italy
Demonstration at G.A.S. Conference Murano 2018. Cesare Toffolo with his sons Elia and Emanuel

Press Informations

Hong Kong-newspaper-England 1994
Contemporary Lampworking-book-USA 1995
Nijima-catalog - Japan 1996
Fine Art in Italy-book-Italy 1996
Aperto Vetro-catalog-Italy 1998
Toyama-newspapers-Japan 1998
Glass and Art-magazine-Japan 1998
Glass House-newspaper-Japan 1999
Parole di Vetro-book-Italy 1999
Vetro-magazine-Italy 2000
The Flow-magazine-USA 2003
Profitable Glass-magazine-USA 2003
Glass of Art China-magazine 2005
GLAS-magazine- Sweden 2009
Glass Line- magazine-USA 2010
GlasHaus- magazine- Germany 2011
Lammaga-magazine-Japan 2016
Glass Art Contemporary Artist-book-USA 2016
newspaper- Czech Republic, 2017
newspaper- Czech Republic, 2017
Glass (UrbanGlass) magazine, USA, 2019