CALLA 18 Pcs Set by STRIULLI A. VETRI D'ARTE
This exquisitely elegant set of glassware is composed of n. 18 pieces of three sizes:
- n. 6 Wide flute, 14cm tall by 7.5cm (5"1/2 by 3")
- n. 6 Water glasses, 11cm tall by 9cm wide (4"1/3 by 3"1/2)
- n. 6 Wine glasses, 9cm tall by 8cm wide (3"1/2 by 3"1/4).
These glasses are extraordinarily light to the touch, a unique and exclusive quality that distinguishes the production of Alberto Striulli, and are created by a combination of blown glass and gold leaf.
The special calla-lily shape makes them a unique, light and elegant addition to any table setting.
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.