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MURANO AND VENETIAN HAND AND BLOWN GLASS STORY

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Venetian glass is the epitome of refinement and transparency, and its fascinating history and legacy dates back more than a thousand years. The oldest document confirming the presence of the glassmaking in Venice is dated 982AD, over a thousand years ago. Byzantine glassmaking traditions played a role in the development of the art in Venice, then a bustling centre of trade between Europe and the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. The Venetian artisans were so highgly skilled that they gained control over the colour and transparency of their glass and mastered a variety of decorative techniques that enabled them to produce objects whose elegance and quality have never been equalled.
Towards the end of the thirteenth century the Venetian Republic ordered all glassmakers to move their foundries to the island of Murano, due to the risck of fires.
For century Europe's most prominent aristocratic families commissioned objects, vase, chandeliers and glasses of such exquisite aesthetics and handcrafting that today they are housed in museums and in private collections.
In the making of their highly creative glassware Murano glass-master still use the simple tools that were used in the past like pliers, blowing pipe, iron rods and clippers. Venetian glass is in fact a long type of glass, i.e. it remains soft for a relatively long time before it has to be placed in the furnace. This is important for hand-working because it allows the glassmaker more time to snape the material, to blow it into thin layers and employ the many complex techniques that distinguish Venetian and Murano glassware and make it stand in a class of its own.
The art and techniques of master glassmakers are handed andando a bottega, that is'only by learning in the shop from the masters, exactly like in the medieval times. In fact -in addition to employng and refining many technologies- the art Venetian glassmaking includes a cultural aspect, a creative force that is handed down to the new generations only throught hard work, modesty, great dedication and attention to the work carried out by the best craftsmen or artists.

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Paolo Sometti
Glass and Fashion Manager



 
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