“Amber Pulegoso Bubble Design Vase” by Nicholas “Skitch” Manion. Blown Glass Vase using the Italian Bubble technique known as Pulegoso developed by Napoleone Martinuzzi(1892-1977) on the island of Murano, Italy, in the 1920's. Pulegoso is derived from the dialect word pulega, “bubble”.
Hand blown here in the WheatonArts Glass Studio. Measures approximately 13″ h x 6″ w.
About the Artist
Skitch began blowing glass when he was 10 years old and since then he has been devoted to the material. He refined his skills while gaffing throughout the country. At the start of his career, he was instantly drawn to the significant history and technical challenge of the craft. He believes glassblowing requires a specific lifestyle, centered around dedication to the craft. he has always sought perfection in craftsmanship in glassblowing, studying under some of the industry’s most highly regarded makers. During his twenty years of experience, he has had the opportunity to work with maestros Pino Signoretto and Lino Tagliapietra, who he has long admired for their devotion and discipline in glassblowing. He aspires to be a resource as a skilled make and upholds the tradition of refined skills in glassblowing. Skitch joined the WheatonArts community in 2006 and has been the Studio Manager since 2016. Prior to joining the staff at WheatonArts, he worked for 10 years as the Studio Manager and Head Gaffer at John Pomp Studios, a furniture and lighting company based in Philadelphia, PA.
Skitch is a founding, and currently, an active member of the Burnt Asphalt Family, and artist collective which shares ideologies and aesthetics, produces work collaboratively and uses the resources of collective minds and disciplines to explore the intersection between art, craft, and design. In 2014, he established Working Man Hand Made, a glass and design company based in Philadelphia, PA. His company is dedicated to creating well0designed and well-crafted objects that are comfortable and relatable. Each contemporary hand-blown glass design is created using the traditional Italian glassmaking techniques while being inspired by modern aesthetics. Over 20 years of glassmaking experience and a passion for designing and making influence each collection. Working Man Hand Mande offers contemporary interior decor, elegant drinkware, and custom glass designs.