Murano Glass


Born of a thousand-year-old glassblowing tradition Murano glass is renowned for its quality and artistry.

Murano GlassVenetian glass is a celebrated art form distinguished by its colorful elaborate and skillful technique. During the 13th century Venetian glass factories were moved to the island of Murano to protect Venice’s mostly wooden buildings from the fiery glass blowing furnaces needed to produce the acclaimed glass.

Moving glass production to the island had the additional benefit of securing its characteristic technique. For nearly 800 years the secret of Murano glass making was kept under wraps and teaching any foreigner the top-secret techniques was a crime punishable by death. Around the 18th century the secret to this art glass was finally leaked and the technique spread throughout Europe America and Asia.

 

Instead of using ordinary sand Murano glassmakers once used quartz pebble from the Ticino and Adige rivers to prepare the crystal glass. Crystal healers consider quartz one of the most powerful general purpose healing stones

 

From Flowing Glass to Flowers

Today’s Murano glass is still interwoven with Venetian glass using a technique called lampworking which uses a gas-fueled torch to heat silica to a molten state and flux agent to slow the cooling process. Then specialized tools are used to shape the soft slowly cooling glass.

Murano glass includes three varieties:

• Enameled glass (smalto)
Murano Glass • Milk glass (lattimo)
• Multicolored glass (millefiori).

Millefiori which translates to “a thousand flowers â€Â is one of the oldest and most well-known styles and features small mosaic cross sections of glass.

The process includes stretching and shaping arrangements of multicolored glass rods. Murano Glass The arrangement of colored rods is heated and stretched into a long thin cane. The cane can then be cut to size for use as beads or placed on a gather of molten glass.

This technique has been adopted by most of the glassmaking centers of the world including Japan and China. Shop LC sources its Murano-style glass from China.