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FAQs on Murano Glass | Part 3

Murano Glass Vase Antares Chocolate by NasonMoretti

1. Why is there a color difference between a small Murano glass vase and a big one even when it is made from the same melted glass mass?

The colors of a vase will vary due to the balloon effect; when an object is blown up, the thinner it becomes, the lighter the color, just as when you blow up a balloon the color gets lighter as the balloon expands. Smaller vases will always be darker than larger vases, even though they are dipped from the same color glass.

2. Why is the bottom part of a vase always darker than the top?

The reason for the darker color at the base of a glass object is because the blow pipe is attached to the bottom of the object where the metal oxides in the blend tend to accumulate, making the bottom of the object darker in color.

Murano Wine Glasses Decanter and Pitcher RG1 by NasonMoretti

3. What is the difference between Crystal and Murano Glass?

The main difference between crystal and Murano Glass is in its composition. Crystal contains lead, while Murano Glass does not. It has a broader color, shape and surface working options too.

It is much more environmentally friendly than crystal and also allows for a much broader range of artistic expression.

You should check Murano wine glasses and the variety of  available colors in order to really understand its preciousness.

4. Can I get customized Murano Glass items?

Yes, you can order custom made items, especially in the chandelier category. Murano Glass chandeliers can be custom ordered to your specifications by size and color. You can also ask for a personalized chandelier that is made to order.

Simone Cenedese Murano Glass Master and Designer

5. Is the Glass Master also the Designer?

In most Murano Glass furnaces the Glass Master is also the designer. It has been so traditionally, nevertheless there are some companies that use designers from other modalities and different countries. An opening towards the outer world and other glass poles allows an interchange and therefore additional techniques to be explored and developed.

6. What are some typical Murano Glass features?

Because Murano Glass is handmade, no two pieces are ever identical. There will be subtle nuances in each one. Patterns, design and color will have slight differences. When the blow pipe is dipped into the melting glass mass, small air bubbles are created. These unique visual markings are considered a one of a kind distinction that Murano Glass is famous for.


Sommerso Millefili | New Murano Glass Vase by Simone Cenedese

Sommerso Millefili New Murano Glass Vase by Simone Cenedese

It is known, that Simone Cenedese is one of the youngest Murano Glass Masters actively working on the island of Murano. He is in his furnace every day taking care of his business, especially in the rough times the island is going through now.

Despite the challenges he has to face like everybody else in the akward world economy, he still dedicates time to creativity and to exploring new purely technical and artistic expressions.

He has recently created a Murano glass sculpture called Torso Sommerso and now a Murano glass vase called Sommerso Millefiori. Simone is not new to the Sommerso Technique: usually  a colored heart, made of solid or blown glass is dipped into a thick transparent layer, sometimes enhanced by an inclusion of gold or silver leaf, air bubbles or like in this specific case by previously pulled cut colored glass rods.

Check out how Simone has been working on this beautiful Murano glass vase by clicking on the movie below.




Murano Glass Fakes

Authentic Murano Glass Vase by NasonMoretti

Murano Glass is quite popular around the world. This century old art is highly fascinating. It continues on the island of Murano even nowadays the same way it was performed in Venice before 1291. It was the year when all furnaces were moved from Venice to the island of Murano, because of the fire fears. Too many times the city had caught fire because of the furnaces.

Murano glass is so popular, that it is copied in many parts of the world. Many American artists moved to Venice in order to learn this ancient art directly from the Murano glass masters. However most of them who returned to the US manufactured glass according to the techniques they had learned, but never put them on sale pretending they were authentic Murano glass items.

China seems to be among the countries with the highest amount of Murano glass fakes, they continue to produce them and sell them everywhere as authentic. You can even find loads of them on E-bay, starting from $0.99 on. Normally it is quite easy to detect them, they include vases, paperweights, bowls, flowers, purse and handbag vases, candy, icicles, candle holders, hats, birds, clowns, animals, sailboats, perfume bottles, and much more. ­­­­

Of course there are many Murano glass furnaces who also produce these kind of items, therefore sometimes it can be confusing if you are not an expert to distinguish the fakes from the real. If you go on E-bay you will find following warning, that should help you as a rule of thumb:

“Real Murano Glass is Expertly Executed – with Fine Details, Superb Lines and Elegant Quality Glass.  Pieces from China are often crudely made, lacking finesse, sometimes lopsided, and have numerous noticeable flaws and gross imperfections.”

Authentic Murano Glass Vase by Simone Cenedese

However if you want to be absolutely sure, that the glass you buy from an e-store to be 100% authentic Murano Glass you should also check brands, like for example Simone Cenedese or NasonMoretti. These are real companies with recognizable faces and official web pages. You can even find videos of them on Youtube. Just know for example, that Simone Cenedese is one of the youngest Murano glass masters on the island of Murano, who performs every day in his furnace.

There is an interesting debate going on within the furnaces: if to consider authentic Murano glass also the items produced by those companies, that due to the high transport costs on the island have decided to move their furnaces to the main land right in front of Venice. They have spent their lives in Murano learning the ancient art and had to make a choice: either close their company or continue their activities by reducing their costs. The easy way would have been to produce in China, nevertheless they were wiser and just moved their company a few miles out of Murano. So maybe they deserve some credit.

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