Category Archives: Venetian artisans

Gondola Stuff: Metal Bracket

What is this–some kind of metal hinge or bracket? No, it’s a gondola! These handmade gems, along with many other items made from bits of flotsam, were in the window of the shop across from the apartment where I stayed … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Glass Mosaic

I’ve added new gondola-themed items to my collection! Luckily they were small and fit easily into my suitcase (and onto the shelf which is getting increasingly crowded with gondolas, like Bacino d’Orseolo at the end of the day). I was … Continue reading

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Reminder! Conference on Venice Sustainability Is This Saturday!

The Guild of St George is offering its Voices from Venice free, one-day virtual conference on Saturday, April 2, 2022. It begins at 9:00 am (London Time)–which means a crazy 1:00 am for me in California! But you’ll see me … Continue reading

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When Venice Lives, It Looks Like This: Arzanart Marbled Paper

I’m happy to finally have another interview to share with you in this series that showcases Venetian artisans. Monica Cesarato’s Live in Venice Week from 2021 drew me to learn more about traditional arts, and last summer I met a … Continue reading

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Voices from Venice Conference: April 2, 2022

Coming up soon, on April 2, 2022, you can attend the Voices from Venice Conference hosted by the Guild of St George. This free, virtual event will feature a host of speakers Sign up here. A one-day online free public … Continue reading

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In the News: Murano Glass Factory Shutdowns

How can this be? Murano glass factories are shutting down, some temporarily and some for good, due to the rising cost of natural gas. While the furnaces historically ran on wood fire, they now use natural gas, and with gas … Continue reading

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Voices from Venice Readings — Book Your Place!

You may remember from an earlier post my announcement about joining the Guild of St George, an organization inspired by John Ruskin and committed to sustaining the environment, traditional crafts, and more. I am particularly interested in their work regarding … Continue reading

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When Venice Lives: It Looks Like This–Venezia Stampa

Inspired by Monica Cesarato’s Live in Venice Week last May, when I went to Venice in August I sought out a number of the artisans that she and her team interviewed. After watching this interview video, I found my way … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Puzzle Gondola

Isn’t it adorable? I bought this little gondola this summer at Signor Blum’s at Campo San Barnaba. They come in many colors and are all made by hand. I don’t really understand how the pieces fit so snugly together–How do … Continue reading

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When Venice Lives: It Looks Like This–Carteria Ai Frari

Elisabetta Casaburi, owner of Carterìa Ai Frari, is an artisan who upholds Venice’s longstanding tradition of making paper. After graduating from the Venice School of Art and attending literature courses at Ca’ Foscari, she worked as an advertising and editorial … Continue reading

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