In 1291 all the glass makers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fires at a time when Venice was built mostly with wood. The island of Murano, now famous for its glass, lies about 1.5 km north of Venice. The glass makers of Murano held a monopoly on high-quality glassmaking for centuries.
The glass is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures. The oven is heated to about 2,500° Fahrenheit.
As the glass cools from a liquid to a solid, there is a window of opportunity when the glass is soft before it hardens completely, allowing the artisan to shape it. (click to enlarge)
The finished product –
It took only minutes to produce this horse …
Credit for the first photo goes to our travel buddy Dick W.
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