Linked to Murano itself solely by a ferryboat, the island of Serenella is where Anfora jealously guards the secrets of its craft. The company was founded here in the 1970s and brought together master craftsmen from various important Murano factories, one being Giulio Ferro, whose family had been glassmakers for three generations. Gradually the company would establish a national and international reputation thanks to the quality of products which demonstrated profound expertise in complex and ancient methods of working glass. In the 80s Giulio’s son, Renzo, would begin highly fruitful collaboration with such international artists and designers as Yoichi Ohira, Ritsue Mishima, Emanuel Babled, Melvin Anderson, Maria Grazia Rosin, Silvano Rubino, Michele Burato, Ita Barbini, Cristiano Bianchin, Massimo Micheluzzi, Massimo Nordio Arnaldo Pomodoro and Peter Pelzel. Their designs would then be produced within the company by the master glassmaker Andrea Zilio, Renzo’s brother-in-law and a former pupil of Giulio Ferro. A master of established techniques and experimentation, Andrea Zilio would employ age-old techniques in a contemporary way, further pursuing his exploration of his craft in his own original creations.