HANGLASS 6 Pcs by STRIULLI A. VETRI D'ARTE
This set of six Murano glass drinking glasses, complete with custom support rack, is definitely unique: they are used in a novel and ingenious way! The concept at the root of this project makes HANGlass ideal for today's market, optimizing their production by innovating classic Muranese shapes, yet maintaining the innate values of superior craftsmanship of this art.
Six splendid glasses, in different shapes and colours, born from the creativity of young Spanish designer Idoia Mendiola and translated into glass by Alberto Striulli, who brings them to life with traditional techniques: flawless crystal glass, "ballotton" shaping and colourful opaque glass chip inserts.
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.