Content of the study:
The artisanal glassmaking market - Italy

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1.1 Introduction

Glass craftsmanship is a manual and creative process involving the fusing, blowing, and shaping of hot glass to create unique and decorative objects. The Italian market includes:

  • Blown Glass Art Objects: Vases, sculptures, decorative objects made by hand using the blown glass technique.
  • Glass jewelry: Necklaces, earrings, bracelets made with glass beads.
  • Artistic stained glass: Stained and decorated glass windows used in architecture and interior design.
  • Design objects: Lamps, mirrors, furniture accessories made from handcrafted glass.

The history of glass and its manufacture dates back to ancient times and is believed to have been an accidental discovery. The Romans contributed significantly to the development of the glass industry by introducing the blowing of glass inside molds and using it for windows. In Italy, Venice still represents a center of excellence for this type of workmanship. According to historians, the art of glassmaking was introduced to Venice by crusaders from the East during the 11th century. To prevent fires and protect the secrets of glassmaking, in 1291 a decree of the Great Council concentrated the furnaces on the small island of Murano. Murano became a renowned center for glassmaking and is still associated with the art of glassmaking today. An extremely transparent glass composition called "Cristallo" was developed in Murano.[Vetromarca]

In America, The market size of the glass art market was valued at $106.44 million in 2021 and is expected to reach $167.9758 million by 2030, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2022 to 2030.[Grand View Research]

The study will discuss the economic and structural characteristics of the Italian artisan glass processing market, different types of glass processing are covered in specific studies available in the Businesscoot catalog.

1.2 The global market

the global glass manufacturing market has been valued at $***.** million in **** and is expected to experience steady growth with a compound annual growth rate (***) of *.* percent from **** to ****. Increased investment from residential and commercial construction, along with increased use of recyclable materials in the packaging sector, will support market growth during ...

1.3 The local market

The glass industry sector, classified under Ateco code **.* (***) and processing.



Below are data showing the trends in domestic flat and hollow glass production from **** to ****. For both divisions, there is a decline in production in the last year, related to the COVID-** emergency and the associated shutdown of production ...

1.4 Analysis of Imports and Exports

The graphs below go to data that include both pulled and blown glass. Consequently, the important increase in exports can be attributed to the presence of different types of processed glass in this category, which are not limited exclusively to the art and blown glass considered so far. The annual increase ...

1.5 Impact of the derivative

Il Sole ** Ore, in an article dated November ****, highlights a problem that is greatly affecting the glass industry worldwide. Increases in raw material production and extraction prices, triggered bysoaring gas costs, have led to a ** percent cost increase in the glass industry. This increase is putting a strain on industries that ...


2.1 The question

Considering the specificity of the market under study, obtaining detailed information on the demand for the included products can be a complex challenge. Therefore, the analysis of demand for these products is mainly based on data on the expenditure category, known as ECoicop, comprising glassware, tableware, ceramics and porcelain.[***]

Demand growth ...

2.2 A surprising rise in the ricilo

Very often, glass scrap is expected to be used in the production processes of glass crafts. In recent years, due to the energy crisis and the long wave of COVID-**, there has been volatility in energy prices and in the increase in scrap prices, which have reached levels never before touched, ...

2.3 Geographical distribution of demand

Geographically, the distribution of demand seems to be greatest in the northeastern regions; next we have the northwestern, southern, central, and island regions.


3.1 Market Structure and Dynamics

The graph below shows data regarding the number of companies active in the glass processing sector. The three proposed graphs are constructed through consultation of Istat data belonging to ATECO Code **** **.*, which is why, in some respects, they assess a complexity of variables that do not only concern artisanal glass processing. ...

3.2 Value Chain

The artisanal glass processing market consists of:

Raw material suppliers Glass manufacturers Workshops, studios and laboratories Retailers, specialty stores, enterprises

Raw material suppliers:

Raw material suppliers are companies or entities that provide the basic materials, necessary for glass production; their role is crucial in supplying these materials to glass companies, working ...

3.3 Main Actors

Analyzing the leading companies in the artisanal processing of blown glass in Italy, the following should be mentioned:[***]

Cerve Società per azioni: Founded in **** in Parma, Cerve is one of the best-known companies in the industry. Its name is inspired by the fusion of the words "CEramica" and "VEtro." The company ...

3.4 Distribution channels

some of Italy's top retail companies for household utensils, glassware and tableware:[***]

The following graph offers a quantitative analysis of companies operating in the retail sector during the period ****-****. A clear year-by-year decline emerges, resulting in a total reduction of ** percent over these nine years of observation. [***]

Number of active ...


4.1 Type of Offering

The National Association of Glass Industrialists(***), a nonprofit business association that is a member of Confindustria, indicates that the type of supply in the artisan glass sector in Italy mainly includes:

Goblets Favors Pendants, wall and table lamps Glassware, glasses, table sets Jewelry[***]

Today's industrial techniques involve the addition of additives ...

4.2 Prices

Given the wide range of variables that influence the determination of a complete list of prices for handcrafted products worked in glass, it is impossible to be able to implement an analysis of average pricing. Reason why, in the following table, the costs attributed to Made in Murano Glass store products ...

4.3 Glass Experimental Station

The Glass Experimental Station (***), active in Murano-Venice since ****, is a research center with an international scope and a UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC ***** accredited testing laboratory, which carries out technical and scientific support activities for the entire glass supply chain: manufacturers, processors, glass users, producers of raw materials, refractories and plants ...


5.1 Rules and regulations

Presidential Decree No. *** of May **, ****, concerns the identification of the sectors of artistic and traditional workmanship, which includes the activity being analyzed in the study.

The regulation attests that artistic work is considered to be creations, productions and works of high aesthetic value or inspired by forms, models, decorations, styles and ...

5.2 State grants

Regarding state subsidies in the sector of artisanal processing of Murano glass, there is the Murano Ceramic and Artistic Glass Fund (***). The fund, aimed at companies operating in the sector of artistic ceramics and/or Murano artistic glass - ATECO **** **.* or ATECO **** **.** codes - was established by Budget Law ***/**, with an ...


6.1 Segmentation



  • Cerve Società Per Azioni
  • Lodes s.r.l.
  • I.S.S.CO
  • Arti Vetro S.r.l.
  • Kasanova
  • Swarovski Group
  • Galileo S.P.A.
  • Bialetti

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