Saturday, June 2, 2012

Italia- (Venice) the island of Murano

"Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy." --Bertrand Russell

     Today we took a trip from Venice to the island of Murano, which is about a 20 minute boat ride. The island of Murano is famous for its glass workshops, where the liquid glass is mixed, heated and then blown into many different things  such  as glasses, bowls, statues, chandeliers and picture frames. The prices for these objects can go from $50 to over $100,000 depending on the item, the materials used (solid gold and platinum are used frequently) and the artisan who created it. This was a very interesting experience. The items we saw being created ( a glass vase as well as a pink glass horse) as well as the items in the showroom were beautiful in design, color and craftsmanship. Murano has been producing glass for more than 1000 years. In order to become a master of this trade takes more than 20 years and is usually passed down from father to son. Special thanks to Salvatore, a representative of the Murano Venier company(an artisanal glass making operation), who really made this an interesting and beautiful learning experience! He even gave the pink glass horse to Ashley as a gift!

Hot glass is pulled from the clay oven

Liquid glass being blown

A beautiful glass vase was created in minutes
The glass being cooled and formed into shape
The island of Murano
Hot glass being cooled and worked into shape

The clay oven used to heat the glass

The Master paints the glass as his apprentice holds it steady

The finished product- a pink glass horse

Salvatore, a representative of Murano Venier

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