Thursday, August 16, 2012

AlphabeThursday - M is for Murano glass

from Etsy shop, shamarjewels

Murano glass is a well known product made in Venice.  There are lots of different items  made with Murano glass; I've always thought of beads, being a jewelry artist in my past life.  So I was real excited walking into bead stores when I visited Venice, on my trip to Italy.

If you are a bead buyer and have ever been in a bead store with a non-bead buyer, you know my dilemma.  I was enthralled with all the beautiful glass that I’ve heard about for so long.  But since the others were only halfway interested in looking, I gave everything a quick once-over and probably missed a lot.


I ended up buying two non-Murano beads that caught my eye.  Still haven’t made anything with them yet!  

I wanted to go to the island of Murano, a short boat ride off the shores of Venice.  It was exciting to think of actually going to the factories where they made this famous glasswork.   The prices weren’t suppose to be much different from Venice itself, but there were glassblowing demonstrations.  I was told there was a greater variety of glass for sale on the island and there’s a Glass Museum to visit. But alas, everyone thought it would take too much time.  


When we were in Florence, I did buy a Murano glass pen set with two bottles of ink.  And later, I bought a bottle of yellow ink.  So I am satisfied that I got something from the Murano Glass Factory.  


19 comments:

Cathy Kennedy said...

Marvelous! Now the Murano glass pen set would be something of interest to me. =D

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

That pen is so pretty -- I'm interested to see what you create with it! The Pluto bead is a cutie too!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Murano glass is soooo beautiful ~ great shots ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Nancy said...

That's the tough part about traveling: your travel buddies interests aren't always in line. Yikes! At least you did get a few things:)

Kaili Williams said...

Wow, there is some beautiful glass work out there. I don't know much of anything about glass or beading. That pen set looks very interesting :)

Sue said...

Too bad you didn't get to visit Murano, but at least you came home with the pen. Hopefully you can go again one day and make a visit to the island itself!

=)

Splendid Little Stars said...

oooo...I'd go with you! It would be amazing! You two bead are wonderful! One looks like a map...

tamdoll said...

Those 2 beads are so whimsical! Great picks.

BeadedTail said...

I'll go with you to Murano too! :) I like the Mickey bead!

Esther Joy said...

Having an interest in calligraphy, I find your pen set most interesting! Have you tried it yet?

bluegrassnotes said...

Love the murano glass -- those are lovely ones in your photos.

Erika said...

I went to a show and purchased bracelets and a pendant with murano glass--the work is gorgeous.
And I like the pen set!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Murano glass is so pretty! Love the pen set you bought! The glass-blowing would have been fun to see!

Rose said...

How awesome to see all of that Murano glass and glass blowing! It's neat that you got a few glass related souvenirs.

Andy David said...

Yes, certainly a very BEAUTIFUL pen set!

anitamombanita said...

cool. I'm a total glassaholic!

writingmuscle said...

Murano glass!
I work in Uk with a Hospice charity and our shops often get little pieces donated to sell.
It's very beatiful.
Liz

Claudia Willison said...

Beautiful Murano glass pieces! Hmm, my Mom brought back for me 3 beautiful glass flasks from Italy, I wonder if they are Murano glass. Probably not, because she was in Tuscany, but I love them nonetheless.

Jenny said...

Murano glass is lovely, isn't it?

One of my friends is a jewelry maker. She took me to a bead store once and it was just crazy neat to see all the varieties offered!

Thanks for sharing this magical loveliness with us.

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