The Murrina Origin
The invention of the blown glass cane
The invention of the blown glass cane in the 1st century A.D. along with the evolution of the mosaic glass craftwork techniques, made possible the creation of splendid vessels and other blown glass pieces.
Exempt from some renaissance and baroque pieces, the glassmakers on Murano developed this craftwork in the 8th century. It was during this century that with their well-known expertise, they developed new lines and forms in straight collaboration with famous artists.
The mosaic glass technique that at the end of the 8th century was mistaken called “murrini glass” is very antique.
Stupendous objects as plates and bowls made up of mosaic glass can be seen in famous glass museums. These items were done by Syrians, Egyptians and Romans 3,000-2,000 years BC.
The Murano glass makers made use of this technique at the end of the last century with immediate success.
The glass pearl also known as “murrina” is as antique as its raw material.
Exquisite glass pearls produced about 3000 B.C. were found at archeological excavations in Mesopotomia and Egypt.
These glass jewelry items that back in the 18th century were known as “millefiori”, nowadays are produced by Murano glass makers following the antique techniques passed through one generation to another.