|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.