Sergio wave murano glass

What was your first encounter with glass?

Before arriving in Murano, I worked 27 years in the “terraferma” (note: mainland in Venetian dialect). I have been working in lighting since 1984, since I finished studying: my desire has always been to work in lighting and glass and I still feel this way to this day!

I’m excited about my job, the craftsmanship, the quality control, the packaging, are all things that I love: for me it’s not just about seeing a beautiful masterpiece and boxing it, but about the chance to grow. In the beginning you only know how to do certain things, then over time if you find where you can grow and evolve.

For me, enthusiasm is what makes you grow and turn a constructive job work environment into a profession.

Did you start on packing and move on to quality control?

I started my journey in a small lighting company and stayed there until my compulsory military service, however, being a small factory the owner did not want to invest, instead I wanted to try something new because I was immersed in the work and always had a desire to develop new systems and new methods. For example, they never stop using the “paia”…

What is “paia”?

The “paia” is hay. When I started working we used to package glass in the wooden “paia” that came in rolls and had to be flaked. Then the first vacuum packaging machines were developed but in order to try this new type of packaging you had to invest time and money. I wanted to find more innovative solutions because the problem with the “paia” is the moisture and dirt it leaves behind. Being made of a wood wool that when processed is very humid and metal frames tend to rust.

Later I got a job at Murrina, wich at that time had opened a factory in Marcon: the first six months I was joined by another packer, then he left and I was able to develop my working method and also work with lighting because I worked alongside the technical department to develop the chandeliers, we would start from a standard model and then develop the bespoke, the out-of-shell. My role was also to act as the intermediary between the technical department and the master glassmaker for making custom pieces.

At Murrina, the well-being of the staff was invested in, and the dialogue with everyone was open. At Murrina they invested in the well-being of the staff, and dialogue with everyone was open and constructive. I believe that if you form a cohesive group you trigger a mechanism that brings innovation and develops business and personal growth. I feel lucky because here at Wave I find the right mindset in my colleagues and boss.

How did you get here?

Before coming to Wave Murano Glass, I worked for a while in a small supermarket but was not satisfied. Having always worked in logistics in structured companies I had a vocation to bring innovation and optimize certain procedures, but there I did not have that opportunity there.

I have been working in Murano since 2012, when the Murrina factory closed in Marcon. It went from 60 employees to 15 and then in 2018 to closure, when I was hired at the small supermarket but meanwhile I kept looking for work in Murano in the glass field. I had heard about Wave Murano Glass and then happened to know the company; later Roberto (Roberto Beltrami, the owner) called me and here I am again. I came to the young Wave with 25 years of glass experience behind me, however, I must say that I also learned new things like how to use a management software!

What are your duties at Wave?

Logistics, quality control, I interface with production to schedule orders according to priorities and logistical availability. In the lighting branch, here too, I am in charge of the control of standards, norms and certifications and collaborate in the development of the custom of the chandeliers in the catalog.