3. Glass Terminology (excerpt)
strategy has made the terminology of Murano glass more complicated
than it needs to be. Different glassworks often invent their
own proprietary term for a technique widely used by other glassworks
under different names. In the same way, new styles
are often named as though they represented new processes.
confusion, an understanding of some basic terms is essential for
appreciating Murano glass and benefiting from the literature surrounding
it. The glossary below introduces the principal processes
as well as certain additional terms that have acquired wide usage.
4. Glassmakers of Murano (excerpt)
firms of Murano are constantly in motion: opening, closing,
merging, splitting up, reorganizing, changing names. At
the same time, designers and other specialists--both famous and
obscure--move back and forth among the glassmakers at different
points in their careers, a few of them with more than a dozen
A new organizational
pattern is introduced here for following these people and firms.
The object is to create a unified database that allows the user
to find a path through the constantly changing Murano world.
The Index to Glassmakers includes the multiple names of many
of the art glass producers who have operated on Murano or elsewhere
in Venice prior to the early 1990s. All of the indexed firms
are profiled. Separate development profiles are provided
for 29 of them; the others are described as part of the individual
profile of their principal proprietor.
Subject to some exceptions, particularly in the case of early
glassmakers, the table does not include firms outside of Murano
and Venice or those primarily devoted to beads or other utilitarian
6. Reference Library
is more rewarding if the collector takes time to become familiar
with the literature surrounding it. No field illustrates
this better than Murano glass.
nothing can replace the experience of actually viewing and handling
a variety of pieces produced by different makers at different
times and of discussing them with knowledgeable dealers, few have
an opportunity to educate themselves about Murano glass in that
way alone. Everyone will become a more appreciative, knowledgeable
and confident collector by acquiring and studying a few of the
key books in the field. They will learn to recognize some
of the products of different glass producers and their legendary
entrepreneurs, glassblowers and designers, and they will understand
the key factors affecting the value of individual pieces.
variety of beautiful books on Murano glass is both a blessing
and a curse. On the one hand, it means that a great deal
of information is available but, on the other, it can be difficult
for the newcomer to know where to begin. Here are some suggestions,
most of which are bi-lingual or available in English.
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