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Glass Blowing Demonstration, Italy

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europe italy venice venezia milano glass demonstrate showing glassblower horse vase kiln hot fire chandelier
europe italy venice venezia milano glass demonstrate showing glassblower horse vase kiln hot fire chandelier
europe italy venice venezia milano glass demonstrate showing glassblower horse vase kiln hot fire chandelier
europe italy venice venezia milano glass demonstrate showing glassblower horse vase kiln hot fire chandelier
europe italy venice venezia milano glass demonstrate showing glassblower horse vase kiln hot fire chandelier
europe italy venice venezia milano glass demonstrate showing glassblower horse vase kiln hot fire chandelier
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europe italy venice venezia milano glass demonstrate showing glassblower horse vase kiln hot fire chandelier

Murano Glass

While in Venice, I attended a glass blowing demonstration. The city and especially neighboring island Murano are known for intricate glass work. We watched as the craftsman first blew a vase out of clear hot melted glass and then melted it down to reshape into a horse figurine. Glassblowing involves inflating a molten blob of glass via pockets of air and then working the glass into desired shapes. The skill and ease with which he made the items was astonishing! Still, his skill level was only labeled that of a tier 2. A “master” craftsman is one that can make chandeliers, which are large intricate pieces that involve multiples days worth of shaping.

After the demonstration, we browsed a glass shop which was stocked full with glass pieces in every color. Glass is clear in its original form, but can be colored if certain metallic oxide powders are introduced in its molten state.  Copper oxide produces green or bluish green, cobalt creates deep blue, and gold or copper produce red. Red glass objects were priced more expensive accordingly. I especially liked the animal figures, which which extremely lifelike!

[…] More About the Sights, Less About On-Board Entertainment – River cruising is a much more intimate experience, with unreserved seating at meal times so you get to mix and mingle with almost everyone on board by the end (if you want!). There’s perhaps less on-board entertainment (no nightclubs or casinos on board) but each evening people congregated in the lounge by the bar and Viking had an on-board pianist. A couple nights during the week, Viking hosted either singers, dancers or local activities. My favorite was the glass blowing demonstration by a glass master from Germany! He was quite an artist and had different glassblowing techniques than what I saw when I went to Venice. […]

[…] Miss: a day trip to the glass makers in Burano (or just a short glass demonstration) and a ride on a water […]

Venetian Chandelier LoverSeptember 10, 2018 - 11:45 am

Gorgeous pictures! They really capture the beauty of Murano glass making. Animals and vases are really beautiful, but to me, the chandeliers are true masterpieces!

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