It is difficult to look at the vases at YourMurano and not wonder how these wonderful artpieces are made, and where they come from.
The beautiful city of Venice has a long, flourishing history of beauty behind. The Republic of Venice, traditionally known as La Serenissima, was a sovereign state born in the 7th century. It was one of the most important harbour of the time, directly linked to Byzantium and the Middle East.
In particular, from the Byzantine craftsman, it has imported the knowledge about the art of glass making, in which they had more years of expertise. Venetian glassmakers had been able to draw precious informations from the best, and then innovate the techniques, creating a recognisable and unique products, which eventually made them known worldwide.
From that period around the 13th century till now, the Murano glass is a recognised brand which embellishes the houses of the richest. Over the centuries, Murano glass has become increasingly popular throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Murano glass has a rich and storied history that is closely tied to the city of Venice and the Venetian Republic. During the Renaissance, Venetian glassmakers were highly respected for their skill and creativity, and they played an important role in the development of the arts and crafts. In the 16th century, Murano glassmakers began to create elaborate glass chandeliers, which became a symbol of wealth and luxury. During the 18th century, Murano glassmakers also began to create glassware in the Rococo style, which featured intricate decorations and delicate shapes.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Murano glass experienced a revival, with many glassmakers experimenting with new techniques and designs. Today, Murano glass remains a popular art form, with many artists and designers creating unique and innovative pieces that combine traditional techniques with modern sensibilities. Murano glass is also a popular souvenir for tourists visiting Venice and the surrounding areas.
At YourMurano you will find those very famous crafts that have been so much exported since ancient times. Vases are present in many different connotations, with a classic style or modern; with an elongated and narrow shape, or shorter and wider; with a very colourful glass or a more sober crystal clear.
Big vases are particularly difficult to create. They are constituted of a very heavy vitreous mass, which the master glassmaker continuously rotates to shape it.
During the action of modelling of the mass, it needs to keep the temperature of 1400º F (800º C) for it to be malleable. Therefore the maestro repeatedly moves it from the furnace to the ‘piazza’ where it is modelled.
This movement is not easy but most of all it is risky, because a wrong movement may break the glass and all is lost; it needs to be started over again.
But what we see when all goes well has a really high value. A colorful Murano glass vase might be a great housewarming gift, while a delicate Murano glass necklace could be a beautiful birthday present. Take a look at what YourMurano has to offer and let yourself be inspired by all the different colors and shapes!