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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on the Art of Glass Making
Murano Glass, often called Venetian glass is made on the island of Murano. The glassblowers were forced to move their factories to the island by the Venetian Republic in 1291. The reason being that the factories represented a fire hazard the buildings of Venice. The glass blowers and their families soon became the leading citizens of the island, some even being allowed to...
Published on 28 Nov. 2007 by J. Chippindale

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this was bought as a christmas present. I'm sure that the receiver or the gift was pleased with it. I can't rate this book.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on the Art of Glass Making, 28 Nov. 2007
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This review is from: Murano Glass: A History of Glass (I Piccoli Di Arsenale) (Paperback)
Murano Glass, often called Venetian glass is made on the island of Murano. The glassblowers were forced to move their factories to the island by the Venetian Republic in 1291. The reason being that the factories represented a fire hazard the buildings of Venice. The glass blowers and their families soon became the leading citizens of the island, some even being allowed to wed into the blue-blooded families of Venice.

One of the things that made the glass makers of Murano so important was that they were the only people in Europe who knew how to make a mirror. There craft was so closely guarded that they were not allowed to set up in business anywhere outside the Venetian lagoon, to do so, they risked being killed in the night for their troubles.

The book covers all this type of history and the development of the glass process through the ages, from Roman times up to the present day and there are some fine illustrations of the art of the glass maker. There is still a thriving glass industry on the island and many homes throughout the world will have a piece of Murano glass sitting on a shelf somewhere, even though the owner may not know its place of origin.
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