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Venetian Lamp Blown Glass Beads

Glass working is the most important and ancient art practiced in the lagoon of Venice and for hundreds of years it was one of the most important commercial industries in the Republic of the Serenissima.

The first written testimony of a glass master in Venice – the bottle maker Dominicus Philolarius – dates back to the year 982. However, archaeological research suggests that glass production was practiced in the lagoon, on the island of Torcello, even before the foundation of the Republic.

Thanks to the “lamp work glass” technique it became possible to create many small glass objects: ornaments of the most unusual shapes but also glasses, vases, goblets, beads.

The glass is melted through the flame of a torch giving life to objects and sculptures up to the precious Venetian glass beads. What made original Murano glass famous as artistic glass is its softness: it melts at low temperatures compared to other types of glass such as boro silicate, and cools down more slowly, leaving time for the master glassmakers to model it, creating splendid and unusual forms.

Appreciated despite their small size, Murano glass beads were not only an essential component of Murano’s commercial success, but they also played a key role in the development and history of international trade.

Lamp blown glass beads are among the youngest of Venetian beads, produced starting from the 1600s. Every single glass bead is mouth-blown by expert craftsmen and no two are ever identical.

Blowing is one of the oldest and most characteristic glass processes.

After being worked, the glass mass is “blown” by the master glassmaker through a metal “straw”, up to the desired size.

Blown glass beads are the most delicate and difficult to produce.

In our online shop you will find a selection of lamp blown beads.