Murano Master Glass Art Originated possibly 9th century Rome - 1291, first recorded foundry
Jewelry, Chandeliers, Object d' Arte Unlike OnlineARTGroup's other categories, artist biography pages, the legacy of Murnao Glass does not center on an individual artist. The process of making Murano glass is very complex, involves many artisans, and a particular area of the world. Historians believe that glassmaking in Murano originated from 9th century Rome. Murano glass is usually interwoven with Venetian glass. Most Murano glass art is made using the lampworking technique. The glass is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures. As the glass passes from a liquid to a solid state, there is an interval when the glass is soft before it hardens completely. This is the point at which the master glass artist shapes the material. Used many times in jewelry, Murano glass frequently uses the technique of Sommerso or "sunken glasses" that has layers of contrasting colors that are formed by dipping the object in molten glass; the outermost layer, is often clear. This process is a popular technique for vases, and is sometimes used to form sculptures and Jewelry.
Selected Collections: Murano glass is found in collections the world over. Although as an art form it is identified as an art group more as jewelry and functional vases, there are many master glass artists who produce in or use the same techniques that can be found under their specific names on our site. This page was created to showcase collectible artifacts and antiquities of those authentic lesser-known master artists.