Murano glass horse

Gold leaf inside glass. Sommerso and Avventurina. Colors and sizes on request. Made using sculpture technique and Glassblowing. Original handmade in Murano Island of Venice-Italy.

The term " Avventurina" describes a kind of glass invented in Murano around 1620 that presents wrapped in the mass, countless golden specks at first sight, indeed, concerns tiny crystals of copper. The secret of the composition of aventurine, held for centuries by a few glass masters, has place in to add, at finished fusion, appropriate amounts of raw materials such as beating of iron, silicon metal, coal, until begins to precipitate the metallic copper. A slow cooling cycle of the molten glass causes the separation of metallic copper from the base glass. The homogeneity of the distribution of the crystals of copper characterizes the quality of aventurine. The origin of the term avventurina named by the definition given by the glassmaker Giovanni Darduin in the XVI century: "la si dimanda venturina, et con ragione, perché sortisse più per ventura che per scientia". The meaning of this complex antique italian phrase is: "It is called Avventurina (In italian means little avventure), and with right (a motive), because it arises because of luck and not  because of science (Knowledge, research)" -Practically it arises casually.


Sommerso (lit. "submerged" in Italian), or "sunken glasses", is a form of artistic Murano glass that has layers of contrasting colors (typically two), which are formed by dipping a gather of colored glass into another molten glass and then blowing the gather into the desired shape; the outermost layer, or casing, is often clear. Sommerso was developed in Murano during the late thirties and was made popular by Seguso d'Arte in the fifties. This process is a popular technique for vases, and is sometimes used for sculptures.

Glassblowing is a glassforming technique that involves inflating molten glass into a bubble (or parison), with the aid of a blowpipe (or blow tube). A person who blows glass is called a glassblower, glassmith, or gaffer. A lampworker manipulates glass with the use of a torch on a smaller scale, such as in producing precision laboratory glassware out of borosilicate glass.
Mold-blowing was an alternate glassblowing method that came after the invention of free-blowing, during the first part of the second quarter of the 1st century AD. A glob of molten glass is placed on the end of the blowpipe, and is then inflated into a wooden or metal carved mold. In this way, the shape and the texture of the bubble of glass is determined by the design on the interior of the mold rather than the skill of the glassworker.

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