"The glassmaker stands before his flamboyant art and from the glass, his breath creates a light and expressive form like the perfect word"
G. D'Annunzio (Secret Book 1935)

Glass processing

Artistic blown glass and lampworking

Murano glass is one of the most precious glasses created in Italy; all our items are made according to traditional techniques, designed and developed over the course of ten centuries of Murano glassmaking history. A thousand years have passed since 982 AD, the year in which the oldest manuscript relating to the Venetian glass-making activities was written. This is kept in the State Archives of Venice.

Within our furnace, different types of glass processing are employed to create our products.

The blowing technique is "by mouth" and the various applications (edging, coloured threads, flowers, various decorations) take place during the molten stage, that is, they are carried out during the processing of the item. The modelling is carried out via the use of a "blowpipe", "jacks" (a form of pliers) and "shears" (scissors), which, for centuries, have remained almost unchanged in both form and use. The only concession to technology is the use of steel.
Also pure gold and silver leaf are inserted during the molten stage. These can be overlaid, that is, covered with molten glass, thus giving a submerged effect, this is especially true for silver as it does not oxidise.

We often use the "Balloton" and "Rigadin" techniques in our creations. With the first, a cross-relief effect, similar to a grid pattern is created on the surface of the item. With the second, a ribbed effect which may be either straight or spiral ("twisted Rigadin") is obtained, again upon the surface of the item. There are techniques that produce particular refractions of light suitable for the creation of pendants for chandeliers.

We are particularly experienced in "Filigree", "Murrine Glass" and "Caneworked glass" processes.

The complex process of blown "Filigree" involves the use of glass rods with threads that are straight and coloured or variously twisted showing inside them. A particular filigree is the "zanfirico" taken from the name of the Venetian antique dealer, Antonio Sanquirico who, in the nineteenth century, commissioned copies of ancient glass made with these rods with variously twisted spiral threads showing within them.

Once these particular glass rods are produced (in slang "cane pulling"), they are placed next to each other on a refractory plate called the "piera" (stone). They are then heated in the furnace until they are joined together. Once fused, the rods are retrieved with a blowpipe and then the modelling of various objects (glasses, vases, cups etc.) takes place.

Finally, a very special technique for true lovers, is that of "Redexèlo" in which two "piere", holding canes with an inner white thread, are turned in opposite directions. They are then crossed and combined at the molten stage during processing. Given the extreme technical diligence required, it is only performed on special request.

The working process is similar in "Murrine Glass" and "Caneworked glass." The difference is that in "Murrine Glass" the "piera" is made up of glass pieces arranged like the tiles of a mosaic and then combined at the molten stage like the rods in the filigree process. These pieces can be of various shapes and colours, fashioned in an ad hoc manner, that once welded, create special motifs on the finished piece. The "Millefiori" murrine glass is obtained by combining glass cane sections with polychrome central motifs. In the "Caneworking" technique, the tiles are replaced by pieces of glass rod or coloured glass ribbons which, because they are always juxtaposed with one another, can create striking colour combinations. These two types of processing are closer to modern sensitivities and tastes, permitting the creation of items for house decoration, with many different colour effects.

The art of "Supialume" has its roots in the sixteenth century. Now the old oil lamp has been replaced by a gas and oxygen blowpipe, nevertheless, the techniques remain the same.

We use this process to create glass beads for unique Murano glass jewellery. We also produce coloured, glazed flowers for use in production of favours, gifts, and not least, in the composition of chandeliers and home furnishings.

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