Murano’s Glass Jewelry: All in the Family

Murano glass jewelry, and bead work in particular, can be art in its own right, and often overlooked for vases, chandeliers and other larger pieces.  Beads have a long history  in Murano, being  one of the earliest creations and used for barter throughout the Mediterranean in the days of Marco Polo.  The NY Times wrote the aforementioned article in May this year; one line stood out to me in particular, a quote from one of the owners of Costantini glass beads:

“We wanted to use these beads because we wanted to honor the old tradition but give it a new vision.”

Murnao as a island and industry has many challenges, but I thought this was good advice for bridging Murano’s  rich history while meeting the needs of modern marketplace, where tastes have changed greatly since the 1950’s.

Murano’s Glass Jewelry: All in the Family

Costantini Glass Beads

Old Murrine Bowls – Yale Museum

Below are two photos of bowls that caught my eye at the Yale University Art Gallery. At first glance I took them them to be Murano bowls made of Murrine, but apparently it predates  Murano by roughly 1,000 years!  The description of the bowl states it was made between 100BC- 100AD – amazing that something so fragile has survived this long.

 

 

The details of the bowl are here:

http://artgallery.yale.edu/collections/objects/52009

Tornado in Venice?!

An amazing Video from the Daily Telegraph, showing a tornado in Venice, luckily no one was injured.
The embedded video is in the link below.

The tornado roared through Sant’Erasmo island in Venice’s lagoon on Tuesday, ripping the roofs off at least 12 buildings, media reports said.

A funnel cloud was clearly visible from the centre of the town and from its canals, Youreporter and Venice Municipality video showed.

The tornado caused major damage in several islands off the Venice lagoon, including Sant’Elena and Certosa islands, where many trees were uprooted, reports said.

Dozens of small sailing ships were smashed in the port of Sant’Elena.

No injuries were reported, the Municipality of Venice said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9327261/Tornado-sweeps-across-Venice.html

Chihuly Venetians

A slideshow of some of the most recent work by Murano’s prodigal son, Dale Chihuly, currently exhibiting at  the Foothills Art Center, in Golden, Colorado.  The “Gilded Putti in Leaves with Swan”  and “Translucent Blue Putti Venetian with Gilt Leaves and Dragons” are impressive and seem to be a new,  softer direction that recalls some of the traditional glass themes of Murano.   The vases are a eclectic mix of both old and new styles,   for example a  spiked vase design seen in previous exhibits, but adorned with with a cherub.

The exhibit runs through June 30th.

Antique & Auction News Article

Some good news, I was recently interviewed for an article in Antique & Auction News, about identifying fake or misidentified Murano Glass and the forums are prominently mentioned. It was just published today. The article will be online until the 2nd.

What’s In A Name – Identifying True Murano Glass

Thanks to everyone on the Murano Glass Forums boards whose expertise, knowledge and ideas I have come to rely upon. Without their comments and research, this would not have happened.  The interview lasted about an hour, and I realized that it wasn’t nearly enough, but I would say that the author took pains to ensure that the article was correct. Any errors or omissions are most assuredly mine 🙂

Jennifer Connelly and Murano

This is a few months old, but funny nonetheless.  Jennifer Connelly recounts her visit to Murano and Jimmy Fallon’s warped sense of humor and timing is great. I posted it in the forum, but not on the blog.

http://www.aoltv.com/2011/01/12/italy-glassblowing-lost-in-translation-jennifer-connelly/

Haven’t been posting….

Doh! Its been a while since I posted, but life sometimes gets in the way.  I am trying to be more aware of posting more frequently, but promise to only post relevant items.

In this vein, I set up a Twitter account that automatically sends a tweet when a new forum thread has been created.  I have a habit of posting interesting articles in the forum and not cross posting on the blog, but I will start making concurrent postings for readers that don’t always visit the forums.   I will also be tweeting more frequently about  blog updates and anything else related to Murano or Venice.

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