Imperial Flaminia by GAMBARO E TAGLIAPIETRA
This wonderful vase draws its strength from a double tradition: Murano glass and ancient Rome. Just like the city of Venice placed its roots in the Roman world, Murano glass has always been grounded in everyday life and experience. From this tradition is born this extraordinary collection, in which traditional shapes and classic murrina manufacturing meet to give life to these amazing products. The peculiar process in which these murrine are made, stretching the canes for an original effect, gives this classic object a touch of novelty and eccentricity that make this vase even more exclusive and suitable for any type of decorative style.
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.
"MURRINO" GLASS or HOT-WORKED MOSAIC
The hot-worked glass mosaic is based upon glass canes; they are produced in very few furnaces, due to the complexity of its manufacturing.
The master picks up a cylindrical mass of molten glass (the "paston") with the cane-making rod, and joins it to a smaller blob (the "conzaura") attached to a short rod. He then hands over one of the rods to his assistant, then they slowly walk away from each other lengthening the glass rope.
As the glass quickly cools, they carefully set down the hardened cane onto rough wooden boards on the floor. The evenness of the cane depends exclusively on the superior craftsmanship of the master. A special type of cane is called "millefiori"; it is a hollow or solid cane composed of concentric multicoloured layers which, in cross-section, form a typical star- or flower-shaped pattern.
These canes are produced by filling open moulds in succession, creating each pattern by layers of different-coloured glass. The finished cane is used by cutting into small segments and arranged onto a horizontal metallic plate, coated with purified lagoon-marsh mud -- this is the only substance able to isolate melting glass from metal. The arrangement is melted inside an oven and picked up for further processing, usually blowing and shaping with tongs. It is this initial procedure that determines the pattern and size of the object, whether one uses solid canes, geometric plates, filigree or aventurine, and creates an infinite variety of unique products.
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.