The art of glass blowing, and the nature of all things
"It's like watching a choreographed ballet. There is poetry and beauty in the way they work and in their supreme craftsmanship, which has been fine-tuned over the centuries and down through the generations." (Francesco da Mosto)
Murano’s reputation as a center for glassmaking was born when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction of the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1921.
Since 1990, the size of Murano's glassmakers workforce has shrunk from about 6,000 to less than 1,000, mostly because of its slow and expensive production process comparing to contemporary industries.
Recently, foundries are trying to compensate this void by holding guided tours to the furnaces, from which they paradoxically earn more than from the production itself.
In a way telling the story of glassmaking, became more tangible with reality than the actual craft.
“A kind of magic” is a living souvenir of a magnificent craftsmanship, made to reproduce the poetic dimension of glass blowing, that same as all things, has the nature of rising and fading away, luckily, leaving a space for something new to rise.
A 3D printed tool contributed to "save as [mine]", a project by Maya Ben David, Roee Kremer, Jon Stam, presented in the exhibition "The Machine" in Genk, Belgium. exhibition website