Murano Glass Vases:
Authentic Made in Italy
Why Venini is the most important manufacturer of Murano blown glass in the world? It is the only brand that became famous and has attracted the attention of many artists, designers, collectors and connoisseurs of unique objects.
Murano glass, unique in beauty and quality, is associated with the island of Murano in sunny Italy that is often called the “second Venice” where it is produced. The first Venetian glassmakers started creating their masterpieces about a thousand years ago.
Their activity vanished and then flourished again, but today the products of the masters of the island of Murano are deservedly appreciated.
The processing of Murano glass is one of the few arts and crafts closely linked to art and design.
Local artisans continue the glorious traditions of craftsmanship, but at the same time actively collaborate with artists, designers and architects from all over the world.
In every piece of Murano glass there is a mix of play and light, a certain style secret.
A unique handmade craftsmanship makes each item unique, elegant and inimitable.
Murano Glass from Venice
Murano glass is an exclusive hand-made mouth-blown glass processing technology with a thousand-year history that appeared in Italy at the turn of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
It happened thanks to Venice’s close ties with the eastern countries from which the first samples of glass artifacts and the main technologies for glass processing and coloring came.
Venetian glass quickly gained immense popularity and love in medieval Europe thanks to the competent policy of the authorities and the work of the first Venetian glassmakers who began to acquire importance and social status.
The secrets of craftsmanship began to accumulate and be kept in the family shops and handed down from father to son for tens of generations.
Glassmakers had many privileges. Noble and wealthy families considered it an honor to marry the family of the Master glassmaker.
The secret of Murano Glass Making
The Venetian kings as well as the glassmakers themselves contributed to keeping the secret and not spreading it not only outside the Italian borders but also outside Venice.
Many decisive and characteristic measures of the time were taken to ensure the highest level of safety.
Without exception, all the furnaces and workshops were moved to the island of Murano located in the Venice lagoon.
It was done to prevent the city from causing fires related to the technological process of glass production.
Since then, Italians and Europeans in general began to call Venetian glass a Murano glass.
The Venini brand has its own identity that characterizes its creations today as avant-garde artistic ideas, possessing unique methods of glass processing mixed with traditional patterns.
More than 90 years have passed since the brand was founded in 1921.
Venini entered the 21st century with a very rich creative and manufacturing experience, which makes this brand a leader in terms of achievements in the fully artisan blown glass industry.
Collaboration with the brightest personalities from the world of art, architecture and design has become the pride of the brand.
The Venini vase with the unusual name Fazzolletto or handkerchief is one of the most iconic creations of the brand.
Venini Fazzolletto was released for the first time in 1948 with the use of original processing methods.
The particularities of the vase are fully revealed by the flying hand technique.
The crystallization of the opal glass superimposed on two colors creates its exceptional and unrepeatable shape.
Each year this peculiar artistic creation attracts more and more the attention of various designers and collectors around the world.
The vase is in fact part of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The Opalino vase is an absolute classic by Venini.
The uniqueness of the vase lies in the exquisite color of the glass, which lights up differently depending on the time of day.
This effect is created through the use of the traditional Opalino technique.
The method was first used in the 15th century to make glass that resembles porcelain. Furthermore, this type of glass took a name lattimo.
The design of the Opalino vases, created by the outstanding genius Paolo Venini in 1932, conveys the purity and grace of its shape and color.
Today, as many centuries ago, Murano glass remains a symbol of the high quality and original ideas.
The Italian masters continue to create real works of art for refined and elegant interiors.
In 1921 Paolo Venini created another Venini artwork in mouth-blown Murano glass which took the name Monofiore.
The vase is made using the traditional technique called Balloton.
Moreover, it has a glass thread of a different color which is applied to the hot surface of the top of the vase.
The vase comes in a myriad of color combinations including bold shades of red and green or calm powder pink and taupe.
The Labuan Murano glass vase is made using the overlapping technique. Its design is reminiscent of Chinese amphorae with soft curves and delicate lines.
Achieving the perfect color of Murano glass requires the utmost precision and craftsmanship by Venini glassblowers. And the Labuan vase is one of the works of art created with the use of these qualities.
Time has passed, people also have changed like the Venetian glass of the island of Murano.
The artisans continuously study new technologies, try to carry out various experiments, but the traditions of manufacturing glass products continue to exist without any changes.
The traditions of making elegant creations and unique handmade decorative items are still alive today.
Hourglass or Clessidra is an exceptional creation designed by Paolo Venini in 1957.
Two equal parts blown separately in different colors compose the vase and then are joined together through the use of the ancient incalmo technique.
In this way the glassmakers obtain a unique and graceful composition.
Vittorio Zecchin designed and outstanding and graceful Veronese Murano glass vase in early 20’s of the past century.
The artist took its inspiration from the painting by Paolo Veronese “The Annunciation of the Virgin”.
The creation was so successful that it became iconic almost immediately.
Venini together with the glamorous brand Versace has decided to propose a new version of 3 mouth-blown Murano glass vases from V.V.V. collection.
The series consists of three different vases designed by the talented Gianni Versace. Each vase is a limited edition of only 149 works of art worldwide.
Each of these vases is created with the use of different mouth-blowing techniques such as cannes, smoking and gessato. The 2021 version of these unique handcrafted works of art has been enhanced with the golden Medusa emblem.
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