WHIRL CARAFES - 2 PCS. by STRIULLI A. VETRI D'ARTE
Splendid set of two blown glass carafes, created with ruby red glass in a cylindrical shape, with a fine white edge. The main feature of these carafes, in addition to their lightness, is the particular manufacturing technique called "rigadin", typical of Muranese glassmaking masters, who create a texture of raised spirals on the surface of the glass.
The set is composed of two carafes in two sizes, one 19cm tall and 11cm wide (7"1/2 by 4"1/3), the other 19cm tall and 9cm wide (7"1/2 by 3"1/2). The colour of the glass is the typical colour of Venice; the modern and linear design adapts to any style. Their unique lightness is their strength! Design and tradition meet for a unique and exclusive glassware set, entirely hand made on 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.