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Murano Glass
Monday, June 28TH, 2010 by admin
Murano glass: The Art of Venice The art of making glass has never been quite as entrenched in a place as in Murano, Venice. Murano glass first made its appearance in the 8th century, and despite various ups and downs, has managed to not only endure but also flourish in our modern times. Murano Glass Vase from Venice, ItalyKnown for its extraordinary beauty and amazing delicacy, there have been times when pieces of Murano were used to successfully fake precious stones like rubies and emeralds. Murano glass has been prized for more than ten centuries, its appeal increased in the modern...
Murano Glassblowing
Tuesday, October 13TH, 2009 by admin
Murano: The Method Behind the Magic Murano Glass Furnace and Pipe Murano glass or vetro di Murano is magic, celebrated and revered all over the world for its beauty, fragility, the skill required in creating it, and last but definitely not the least, its history. Murano glassblowing is almost a religion, and collectors of Murano fully appreciate the time, skill and experience required to create a work of art in glass. Makers of glass from all over the world make a trip to Murano, to witness the making of glass using techniques some of which are now commonly known. But what sets Murano...
Chrystal Glass Repair
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by admin
From the Washingtonian Magazine interview to Giovanni: "In Murano, Italy, "Nason basically means glass," says Giovanni Nason, 72. His family has made and restored fine glass there since 1625. The family received a title and crest from the doge of Venice to encourage them to stay on the island. But Giovanni fell in love with an American woman. After marrying in 1967, they moved to Washington. Nason first ran a bath boutique in Rockville. On the side, he began doing glass engraving in Georgetown. He switched to restoration full-time 15 years ago; his firm, Glass and Crystal Restoration...
Glass Repair
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by admin
Mending Treasured China And Crystal Is a Family Tradition Special to The Washington Post - Thursday, December 5, 2002 Many people look forward to setting holiday tables with crystal, china and ornaments that may get little use other times of the year. But fragile tableware and precious platters and figurines are in particular peril of getting chipped, cracked and broken. But help is at hand, according, to Giovanni Nason of the Glass and Crystal Restoration Center in Potomac. Even if your favorite vase or candelabrum has been previously mangled by a bad glue job,...
A History of Murano Glass- III
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by admin
Murano Glassmaking Filigrana a Retortoli was first mentioned in a petition for a patent in October of 1527. Filippo and Bernardo Serena, glassmakers from Murano, explained in their request a new method that employed bands of twisted threads and they hoped for a grace period of twenty-five years to protect their innovation and prevent other glassmakers in Murano and the whole of Venice from employing their techniques. Their technique was truly original and so their request was granted though only for a period of ten years; but the birth of the filigree...
A History of Murano Glass- II
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by admin
Venetian Glass: The Delicate Art - Part II The raw materials used in Venetian glass during the Renaissance differed slightly from their competing Islamic counterparts. In this subtle difference lies the transcendence of ordinary glass to remarkable art. The base ingredient of glass is Silica. The most common form of Silica used in glass making is sand. While sand has a relatively low melting point when compared to pure silica it also comes instilled with many impurities which can discolor or otherwise defect glass. The production of clear, colorless glass free...
A History of Murano Glass- I
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by admin
Venetian Glass: The Delicate Art - Part I "The best glass that is made in our time and that which is of greater beauty, more varied coloring, and more admirable skill than that of any other place is made at Murano. In addition to coloring them all possible tints, they also make them very clear and transparent like true and natural crystal, and ornament them with painting and other very fine enamels. Thus it seems to me that all the metals must give way to glass in beauty. Look at the rosaries, the salt cellars, and the drinking vessels in which one actually sees...
Murano Italian Glasswork
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by admin
The Art Of Italian Glasswork - Past, Present, And Future The Roman Empire introduced glassmaking in the form of vases, vessels, and bottles to the continent of Europe over 2000 years ago. The fall of the Roman Empire led to a brief decline in glassmaking, but the city of Venice soon reestablished itself as an international trading center, which attracted glasswork artisans from many areas east of Europe. The first archeological evidence of glassmaking in the area was found on the island of Torcello and dates to the 7th century. Historical documentation of the...
A History of Venetian Glassmaking
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by admin
Major Events in the History of this Art Form The origins of glassmaking in the area of the Venetian lagoon date very far back in history, with the first reliable reports of activity placing this art form in the 8th century. However, many centuries had to pass before the artisans of the area embarked into what would be the beginning a fully fledged and unique production of decorative glass, evolving over time to reach world-renown fame. The initial incentive to this production mirrored to a great extent the growth of the Republic of Venice as a trading center...
Venetian Glass Vases to Display
Monday, August 18TH, 2008 by admin
Murano Glass Vases - Even Prettier Than the Flowers They Showcase I love to have fresh flowers in my home. They're just a fantastic addition to any décor. To me, there's nothing better than showcasing the fruits of Mother Nature in Murano glass vases. In many cases they're even pretty than the flowers they hold. Well - almost.   In this article, we'll look at some fantastic vases made of Murano glass. They're elegant. They're beautiful; and, well, you just check them out. This swirl-style vase is created in the Fazoletto, or handkerchief, style. It has ribbons of...

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