FIACA Owl Sculpture by DIPI
Ancient symbol of the Greek goddess Athena, the owl has always been emblem of wisdom and good luck, and for this reason its portrayals are highly sought-after by collectors. The large eyes and murrine pattern it is composed of make it elegant and fun at the same time. Surely, this Murano glass owl is a piece of art that is essential to a collection, or even to start one! This owl, like all products on our website, are handcrafted and prime production quality.
DIPI Sas Vetreria Artigiana di Sara Rossi
Sas Di Pi Vetreria Artigiana di Sara Rossi At the heart of glass-working furnace DiPi in Murano is the master, Imperio Rossi.
Born in Murano in 1951, he started working alongside his father at the age of 13, and after a long apprenticeship in the most renowned furnaces of Murano, he became a master glassmaker himself.
He has owned his own furnace since 1986, initially specializing in production of objects with “millefiori” murrine. Imperio Rossi says of his job: "I often can't wait to render a drawing into a piece of work. It's an irrepressible desire to give tangibility to my imagination. I'm in love with my craft, because it allows me the chance to give shape and substance to something that rises inside me." His work is displayed in private and public collections in New York, Madrid, Vienna, Tokyo.
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.