Pino Signoretto


Pino Signoretto was an Italian glass artist who gained worldwide recognition for his incredible skill and creativity in working with glass. Among his many works were his stunning glass clowns, which were sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts alike.

Born in 1944 in Murano, Italy, Signoretto grew up in a family of glassmakers and began working with glass at a young age. He quickly showed a natural talent for the craft and began working in his family’s glass studio. In the 1970s, he began collaborating with some of the most prominent glass artists in Murano, including Lino Tagliapietra and Dale Chihuly, and gained a reputation as one of the best glassblowers in the world.

Signoretto’s glass clowns are some of his most famous works. Each one is unique and handcrafted using traditional Murano glassblowing techniques. The clowns are often whimsical and colorful, with exaggerated features that give them a sense of personality and character. Some of the clowns are more abstract, with elongated shapes and distorted features, while others are more representational, with distinct facial expressions and poses.

Signoretto’s technique for creating the clowns was complex and involved several stages of glassblowing and shaping. He would start by creating the basic form of the clown using a blowpipe and a furnace. He would then add details such as arms, legs, and facial features, using a variety of tools and techniques. Finally, he would add color and texture to the piece, often using a technique called incalmo, which involves fusing two or more pieces of glass together.

Signoretto’s glass clowns were highly sought after by collectors and museums around the world. His works can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, among others.

Sadly, Signoretto passed away in 2017 at the age of 72. However, his legacy as one of the greatest glass artists of all time lives on through his stunning works of art, including his beloved glass clowns.

In addition to his glass clowns, Signoretto created a wide range of other glass objects, including vases, bowls, and sculptures. He was known for his mastery of a wide range of techniques, including lampworking, fusing, and engraving. His works were often inspired by nature and the human form, and he was known for his ability to imbue his pieces with a sense of movement and energy.

Today, Signoretto’s glass clowns remain highly collectible and continue to be admired by art enthusiasts around the world. They serve as a testament to his incredible skill as a glass artist and his unique ability to capture the whimsy and magic of the circus in glass.