Pino Signoretto was born in 1944 and by the age of 16 was deemed a “Maestro” or Master Glass blower. At the age of ten he began working in a chandelier factory, and then in 1959 became an apprentice to Alfredo Barbini. Under such conditions Signoretto worked next to Livio Seguso, Ermanno Nason and Angelo Seguso. Until 1978 he also worked for Seguso Vetri d'Arte, Salviati & Co. and Mazzega I.V.M., and then opened his own studio in Murano, Italy. Since then he has befriended and worked with countless artists, glass artists and otherwise, including Dale Chihuly, Martin Bradley and Lino Tagliapietra. His work is commissioned and sought-after worldwide.
“[Now] others call me Maestro but inside I know how much I still have to learn. In any case I am proud to be a Glass Master, a title which eight centuries ago, Venice considered equivalent to the nobility of the patricians. For a Maestro, there was the nobility of art, for the patricians, the nobility of blood. The Glass Master cannot turn back: his work remains indomitable, he has no margin for error. I have found my life's purpose in this search for perfection.”