Murano glass: the (semi) lost art
The beauty, the delicacy, the exquisite luxury of Murano glass; even if you’re not so sure what it is, you’ve certainly heard of the name. Named after the little island off of Venice where it is produced, Murano glass is the ultimate signature of elegance and wealth.
Mostly known for its intricate chandeliers and their colorful floral accents, these artisan glass blowers can make anything from little glass figurines, to candle holders, to larger than life landscapes and sculptures of historical personalities. Each piece of art is meticulously labored over and can take months up to years to produce one work, with the price tag to prove it.
However, as more glamorous and less laborious work calls to the younger generations of Italian artisans, and as knock-off’s from Asia thrive from the less demanding prices, this art form is slowly fading away. This is not a trade you can simply apply for, you must be born into a Venetian glass making family and be taught from childhood. With less than 1,000 Murano glass blowers practicing today, now is the moment to come visit the workshops, speak to the creators, and see for yourself these stunning pieces of Venice’s history.