Botanica Adriatica

Botanica Adriatica is the latest creative work of Michela Cattai, comprising sculptural pieces inspired by the marine territory of the upper Adriatic, characterized by areas with peculiar rocky seabeds, and the natural habitat of the lagoon and its continuous transformation. In form, the pieces evoke the classic models of the vase, bowl, and cup: the glass is hand-molded and cast in a regal color.

Botanica Adriatica, latest creative work of Michela Cattai

Botanica Adriatica thus represents a perfect fusion of the ‘savoir-faire’ of the traditional blown glass technique from the island of Murano and the marine territory of the Venetian lagoon.

Botanica Adriatica, latest creative work of Michela Cattai

The habitat of the Venetian lagoon, which exchanges water daily with the marine and river environments, is characterized by the typical salt marshes, flat and marshy lands that host specific vegetation such as salicornia and salsola, upon which the artist has focused.

Botanica Adriatica, latest creative work of Michela Cattai
Botanica Adriatica, latest creative work of Michela Cattai

Salicornia, a halophyte native to marshes and beaches, collects salt in its leaves to adapt to the alkaline environment. Its forms paint unique and colorful landscapes, and its ashes contain a high amount of soda and potassium, which is why, in the past centuries, salicornia ash mixed with sand was used for making blown glass in Murano.

Botanica Adriatica, latest creative work of Michela Cattai

Salsola also holds historical importance in the Murano glassmaking tradition: a typical halophyte of the Adriatic, it was cultivated to be burned, using its sodium carbonate content in glass production.