Murano Glass is obtained by a glass stick, entirely handmade using a particular technique, which is known only on the island of Murano and includes several passages and overlaps and it’s made with exclusively artisan techniques which give the glass a cylindrical shape, after marbling it several times on a metallic surface, called “ bronzìn”.
Murano Glass – Great Italy furniture
It’s an ancient technique, dated back to the beginning of ‘900 and nowadays used only on the Murano Island by master glass-makers. Such a difficult and rare technique has been handed down from father to son for hundreds years and still remains the only one able to create a real Venetian Murano handmade stick of glass. The same techniques are still repeated nowadays, so that a particular glass can be assured.
Nowadays only two firms in the world can realize the Venetian Murano glass stick, by exerting a longitudinal depression into it with a particular instrument, until the hollow becomes closed; then they dip the glass again into a particular instrument, called “crogiolo”. In this way they achieve a real Venetian Murano glass stick. However, they are able to satisfy just a small part of the innumerable requests. This is because of the difficulty in finding highly specialized staff, who knows this particular technique, and the lack of young and motivated Murano master glass-makers.
That’s why it’s getting harder and harder to find real handmade Venetian Murano Glass articles. In this picture the cylinder (called “pastòn”) has been attached to the free end of a smaller stick, already arranged with a small quantity of glass.
In this way they make a precious, unrepeatable and unique work of art of every single object. In this picture two master glass-makers, grasping iron instruments, are quickly moving away one from the other, shaking the glass sticks in a particular way, centuries-old, and then putting the glass stick, still hot, on thin wood sleepers, placed in a corridor 50 mt in length, waiting for it to get cold, and then cutting it in smaller sticks, 70 cm in length.