Casarialto Glass, handmade in Venice
Leaving close from Venice and Murano ”the world’s foremost glass blowing centre for centuries”, the temptation of creating my own glasses became irresistible . In my vision of dressing a table, glasses are key elements and glass is a fascinating material to work with.
Each of our glass creations has been exclusively made by Murano glassblower. With casarialto are working currently three glassblower each one specialized in a different technique.
We guarantee that each glass piece has been mouth blown and individually finished. Therefore, very small differences between identical items may occur and should be considered as the signature of handwork.
The thin and light glass texture is very resistant to extreme temperatures, from very hot liquids to very cold ones.
Maintenance: glasses and bowls could be washed in the dishwasher.
Candleholders should be only washed by hand under running hot tap water and mild soap.
A BIT OF HISTORY:
Glass blowing as a manipulation technique for creating functional and decorative glass has been around since Phoenician times.
Spread throughout the world, it was the Venetians – particularly on the Island of Murano – who developed it to the highly decorative and colorful art form of today. From as long ago as the 13th Century, Murano has ranked as the finest art centre for glassblowing in the world today.
Birth of Venetian and Murano Glass Factories
The 13th century saw Venice and Murano became well established as the Italian centre for glass making. To say it was the world’s center would have been presumptuous at the time, but later this was also found to be true. Several important and successful steps were taken by the Italian authorities to safeguard and protect what was even then realized to be a lucrative national industry. Around the latter half of this century, the Glassmakers Guild had been formed. In 1271 laws were passed to prevent importation of foreign glass and also the employment of foreign glass workers. Two decades later, the island of Murano was set aside to become the new hub of Italian glass making. All glass factories were ordered to be relocated to the island, ostensibly to protect Venice from the hazard of fire caused by furnaces. By 1296, a law had been passed which prevented glass makers from leaving the island, and to appease the glass-working population, glass makers were deliberately raised in status, and encouraged to marry into wealthy families. This in turn escalated competition between the Murano glass factories (that were almost exclusively family run) and caused the development of new skills within art of glass manufacture and manipulation.
Reflecting on The Peak of Venetian Glass
The Venetian glass industry began to peak around the 15th century, when the master maker Angelo Barovier discovered the process of making ‘Cristallo’ (clear glass) by adding manganese to what was then called soda glass. It automatically became very popular, particularly for the production and export of mirrors throughout Europe. The popular ‘Lattimo’ – a white colored glass which imitated porcelain – was also created and produced soon after, again by Barovier.