As you may know, Murano glass is made on the Venetian island of Murano, a special place that’s near and dear to our hearts. For centuries, talented glassmakers in Murano have used tried and true techniques to carefully craft glass for function and aesthetics. From wine stoppers and vases to unbelievable chandeliers, Murano glass is created and sold to enthusiasts across the globe.
Let’s take a deep dive into the beautiful world of Murano glass…
It is believed that Murano glass making began in Rome as early as the 8th century, and by the 14th century, glassmakers has risen through the ranks to become elite citizens. Not surprisingly, the majority of Murano’s inhabitants became involved with the glassmaking industry in some way throughout the years.
- Giuseppe Briati was the most famous producer of 18th-century chandeliers. Up until that point, chandeliers had been made of iron, brass and wood.
- Glass production exploded in the 1950s and1960s as glass products were made in excess for export and to sell to tourists.
- The Venice Biennale has been and continues to be the home to exquisite Murano glass exhibits.
Glass is a seemingly magic material. How is it made?
Raw materials meet with sodium oxide to slowly solidify the glass. This is an important step in the process because the glassblower needs to have time to control the shape of the piece. The basic materials in Murano glass are colorless, so color is achieved by adding minerals and oxides to the glass powder. The actual powder used is a well-kept secret among the glass manufacturing community.
What are the most common brands sold?
The most common brands of Murano glass you’ll find today include, De Biasi, Gabbiani, Salviati, Venini, Barovier, Alessandro Mandruzzato, Simone Cenedese, Seguso. Beware of imitations; many producers will use a trademark of origin in order to confirm authenticity.
Who should I purchase Murano glass from?
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It’s easy to see how Murano glass has endured the test of time, changing styles and forms. What are your favorite looks?
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