Murano glass

 

The technique used by Ercole Barovier to create this collection involves the creation of transparent Murano glass objects with a distinct dark coloring, achieved through staining Murano glass without melting it. In this specific method, iron wool is immersed in glowing Murano glass. When the iron wool burns, it leaves behind brown ash that impregnates the glass with its unique hue. This innovative approach allows dark, rich tones to be incorporated into the Murano glass while maintaining transparency.

Objects created with this technique can vary in form and function, each displaying the unique properties of this coloring method:

An oval section vase with crystal ring side handles. The vase combines the traditional transparency of glass with the dark, ash-infused coloration, providing a striking visual contrast.

A bowl sits on a heavy circular base, fitted with vice-like side handles, also made of crystal. The morise handles add another level of decorative complexity and craftsmanship to the bowl, enhancing its visual appeal and tactile texture.

A hot-molded serving dish with large petals, designed to mimic the delicate appearance of a blooming flower. The dish demonstrates the versatility of glass when hot molded, allowing the creation of organic shapes that highlight the dark coloring within its transparent structure.

These pieces exemplify the artistic potential of glass when combined with unconventional materials and techniques, pushing the boundaries.


EXHIBITIONS
1989, Venice, Museo Correr, Ercole Barovier 1889-1974;
1992, Rome, Silice e fuoco.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Dorigato, 1989, p. 42;
L'arte del vetro, 1992, p. 245, cat. 341.

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