Fondazione Berengo sponsors a program to further its commitment to keeping the glassmaking traditions of Murano alive. The program is designed to allow students and artists who have worked in glass to develop and refine their skills by working in a traditional Murano furnace. The residents are encouraged to experiment with both traditional and innovative processes involving glass as a medium consistent with the foundation’s mission. Artists work side-by side with the glass maestros who provide guidance and a hands-on experience.
The resident will work in the Berengo Studio furnace on Murano which is designed to accommodate a wide variety of glass working techniques. In addition to furnaces for blowing and casting, the factory contains a cold-working facility and annealing ovens, designed for blowing, casting or kiln forming.
Generally, the Fondazione Berengo requires that the resident be sponsored by an educational or cultural institution. The length of the residency varies, depending on an individual’s experience, the project and, if applicable, the requirements of the sponsoring institution. A stipend for living expenses is provided.