Is it glass or paper? Pietro Chiesa works the raw material for his Cartoccio vase
Only a true artisan’s skill could forge a unique object from glass, a unique raw material. Meet Cartoccio, the vase designed in 1932 by master glazier Pietro Chiesa, and still a leading entry in the FontanaArte collection.The body of the vase flutters upwards and outwards, rippling in uneven waves just like a sheet of paper, inspiring the name Cartoccio: a cone of twisted paper. The piece was designed to hold flowers, each fold intended to hold a single bloom and compose a balanced floral arrangement. Its shape required a special production process that softened the glass at high temperature, allowing it to be pleated into the folds that make Cartoccio such an exclusive object.