On Handblown Glass

Matter of Stuff is pleased to announce the program for the MOS Student Summer Residency 2017. The residency will take place between July 9th and 15th 2017 between Colle Val D’Elsa and Montalcino, (Tuscany, Italy) and will select a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 18 participants. The residency will focus on handblown glass to create an object of tableware commissioned by Matter of Stuff. During 6 days workshop the students will have to come up with a great design. The Jury composed of MOS, SPDA and guests will evaluate the best 2 projects that will be produced and promoted by the London gallery MOS.

The calendar is as follow:

- Tuesday 23rd of May, 2017 - Deadline for candidates proposal

- Friday 26th of May, 2017 - Participants announcement

- Tursday 1st of June, 2017 - Payment Deadline

To complete your candidacy, the complete application should be sent in one zip file and should include the following:

- Application form Signed and dated

- Liability release form Signed and dated

- Portfolio of previous work

- A single A4 page with a proposal on what you would like to develop during the workshop.

We are  not expecting a final product, but a glimpse or an idea of what could be developed during the week. Completed applications should be sent to: by 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 23rd of May.

Few Tutors. More coming soon..

Alessandro Zambelli lives and works in Mantua, Italy. He studied industrial design and materials engineering at the Cova School of Design in Milan, and his career took off at bathroom designer Agape in 2000. A few years later, in 2003, he founded Alessandro Zambelli Design Studio.
In 2006 he worked on the Estetico Quotidiano project, marking the start of his co-operation with the design house of Seletti. Zambelli’s Palace Collection and School Joke Chair followed (for the same client) and won a European Consumers Choice award (2011) and an NYIGF award (2012). During this period, he forged working relations with many other firms in the sector.
He never sees his work purely as an exercise in style. He believes an inner soul must enliven every object.

Pia was born in Germany, where she lived with her Finnish mother, German father, sister and brother. With a home in both countries, she spend much time travelling, enjoying the contrast between her two cultures. She did her Undergraduate studies in Furniture Design and Craftsmanship at Bucks New University, where she diversified her skills into mixed media, combining the traditional woodworking methods with various other crafts for her final degree show in 2008. Her work continued with research into crafts in the contemporary world: finding new applications for the traditional processes as well as inventing new ones. Utopia & Utility focuses on craft manufacturing, combining function and fantasy in objects that are handmade.

The workshop package, priced at £880 incl. of VAT per person, will include:

  • Visit the Glass manufacturing facilities

  • Lectures from outstanding designers and professionals

  • Wine tasting experience and visit to Wine production facilities in Montalcino

  • Food and Accommodation:

    • Accommodation in shared bedroom

    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Access to teaching rooms and media room for presentations

  • Transfer from Montalcino to Colle Val d'Elsa and back and from Montalcino to the wineries

There will be a requirement of 10 participants minimum for the workshop to take place.


Program Highlights

The week will follow the schedule below. Please note that hours and activities might shift slightly according to the group’s best need.

Sunday 9th July 2017 | Arrival in Montalcino between 15.00 and 18.00. Workshop introduction and Group formation

Monday 10th July 2017- Colle Val d'Elsa- Introduction to Glass | Visit to the Glass facility. Work with Glass blower

Tuesday 11th July 2017- Montalcino - Design in Glass | Lectures by international designers with large experience working with blown glass. Groupwork and project discussion with guests

Wednesday 12th of July 2017- Montalcino - Tableware Design | Lectures by guests and food workshop. Groupwork and project discussion with guests

Thursday 13th July 2017 - Montalcino - Glass edition | Lectures by creative director of would famous glass manufacturer and archeologist. Groupwork and project discussion with guests 

Friday 14th July 2017 - Montalcino - Presentation of final designs  and announcement of winning projects | Presentation to the Jury and winner announcement

If you are a Student or a Tutor and would like to discuss your participation to our Student Residency Program, please contact us on