BOLLE Gold Vase by GAMBARO E TAGLIAPIETRA
The highest expression of classic Murano glass is amazingly rendered in this series of “ballotton” vases combined with gold leaf: the glass is covered in spectacular air bubbles below the surface. These vases embody the potential of Murano glass, its plasticity, its possibilities, the myriad shapes it can take to become, every single time, a unique and unrepeatable masterpiece. This vase, available in red glass in two sizes and crystal glass in the small version, is entirely handcrafted, like all products on our website.
GAMBARO & TAGLIAPIETRA Srl MURANO GLASS STUDIO
Gambaro & Tagliapietra srl Glass Company is born as an evolution of a famous and historic Murano glass furnace, Vetreria Artistica Gambaro & Poggi Glass Company.It was founded in 1974 by Mario Gambaro and Bruno Poggi.
Their company soon became popular for their refined products and their new stiles and shapes.
Gambaro & Poggi has exalted the traditional Murano Glass techniques, and has experimented with new ones, to make its objects modern and in line with the times. Following this perspective of innovation, after the retirement of Mario, the furnace has now become Gambaro e Tagliapietra Srl Murano Glass Studio. His heirs and the young glass master Matteo Tagliapietra, are there to continue a 40 years old history, with a new innovative spirit and the same passion of everyday.
Every piece is expertly made by hand, controlled, authenticated by master Matteo Tagliapietra’s signature engraved on it, and it comes with stickers and warranty certificates which give details of its quality and origin.
Gambaro & Tagliapietra Srl is associated to Consorzio Promovetro, which comprehends leading artisan companies, specialised in this traditional handmade production, and respecting the high quality Murano Glass standards. It is also licensee of the Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark (code number 022), given by the Regione del Veneto only to the glass companies of the island of 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.
The "balloton" technique creates the typical raised criss-cross pattern.
This decoration is obtained by blowing the glass shape into a specific bronze cast; the mould imprints the pattern but does not change the shape, which must be done by hand. The typical bubbles are air bubbles that are intentionally included by the master.
The "bullicante" is a peculiar effect that is achieved by blowing glass into a metallic mould which has rows of tiny spikes, that impress small hollows on the surface of the glass.
The object is then dipped back into the melting pot, where it is covered by another layer of glass that traps minute bubbles in the hollows, creating a uniform bubble pattern. This technique originated at the beginning of the 1900's.
GOLD OR SILVER LEAF
Precious metal leaves are extremely thin sheets of metal, usually made of pure gold or silver. In glassmaking, the imperceptibly light leaves need to be kept in a sheltered area of the furnace workshop, as even a breath might blow them away.
The gold or silver leaf is gently arranged on a flat surface by the master, who then rolls the incandescent blob over the leaf to pick it up; the metal leaf adheres perfectly to the surface of the glass, which is now ready to be blown. Upon blowing, the sheet of precious metal splits to spread over the entire surface of the glass object.
The final product therefore appears to be covered in a fine gold or silver dust.