SEGRETISSIMI Decorative Vase by FORNACE MIAN
The glass-making furnace resembles the centre of the Earth, a blazing nucleus giving life to the planet. From molten glass to vase, this process is the inspiration for the four elements of the Segretissimi collection, with their different colour tones.
Aqua and blue recall the water of the lagoon; two-toned grey symbolize the heavy, moist air; orange and red straight from the fire in the furnace oven; tobacco and black stand for earth, the sandy mud foundation that supports the entire city.
Each of the four elements is available in an elliptical or discoid version. Like all products on our website, they are entirely handcrafted in Murano.
Glass-blowing, which most likely originated in Syria between the first century BC and the first century AD, is a glass manufacturing technique that revolutionized glass production times by significantly speeding them up. This may be defined as the "classic" technique for creation of hollow objects.
Glass can be mouth-blown or mould-blown. In the first instance the master, aided by his assistants, shapes the object by blowing through a long hollow metal tube, the so-called "blow-pipe".
The glass is picked up from the center of the oven, blown and shaped by use of a "borsella", a pair of flexible tongs that can accomplish different tasks depending on their shape. Indeed, the borsella can be used to pinch the object, narrow it, remove imperfections, open it up or give it a precise shape.
During this work, the pipe is countinuously spun to avoid warping the glass, as it is still soft at this stage and can be warped by gravity.
Mould-blowing, on the other hand, involves blowing the glass into a mould which, in Murano, is built out of pear wood. It can be made out of two or three hinged pieces, used to shape the object, or by a single truncated conical piece, sometimes made of bronze or brass, used to imprint a decorative pattern onto the object.