Some of the beautiful Effetre glass rods in my inventory
Why is working with Effetre glass rods – handmade in Murano, Italy, important to me?
Short answer: Murano glass has ancient origins; a deep beauty grounded in nature; carries the legacy of generations of glass artisans; and has been an object of desire and item of collection for centuries.
2100bc: evidence of glass bead production in Egypt.
750bc: large-scale glass production of the Roman Empire spreads the desire to wear glass objects of intense beauty far and wide.
The 400’s: the fall of the Roman Empire sends the center of glass industry to Byzantium where they refine the techniques of glass art, meanwhile, the art and production of glass virtually disappears in Medieval Europe – yikes!
The 1200’s: the lost techniques of glass art survive in the Venetian lagoon thanks to artisans that work by
The beautiful lagoon sand and the abundant flow of raw minerals (via substantial Venetian trade) allow Venice to produce and innovate exceptionally clear and intensely
Development of the deep
Risk of fire moves the numerous large furnaces for glass manufacture to the
By now, gas for public lighting is in Venice and the production of glass beads by
These days, Venetian and Murano glass artisans, once again, face a challenge as Asian glass beads and objects of lesser value flood their market. In Venice and Murano, over half the glass beads and objects for sale are made from Asian glass, shipped from Asian factories. Please be sure you are supporting Murano glass and Murano artisans: muranoglass.com
And, finally – long answer, short – there remains only one factory on the island of Murano making glass – by hand – from the ancient recipes and techniques: effetremurano.com.
It is called Effetre, and I use it in every bead I make because it: has ancient origins; has a deep beauty grounded in nature; carries the legacy of generations of glass artisans
bibliography: Giacomo De Carlo; Perle di Vetro Veneziane: Una lunga e affascinante storia (Venetian Glass Beads: A long and fascinating story) 2012