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Redefining Beauty Videos: Hermonia Vivarini

Though women worked in the glass bead industry of Murano, few women made glassware. Hermonia Vivarini is a rare exception. Check out this video to hear a bit more about her life: Redefining Beauty: Hermonia Vivarini The day I filmed … Continue reading

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Two Kinds of Venetians

“There are two kinds of Venetians,” she said, “those who are born in Venice, and those who become Venetian in their hearts.” Marisa Convento is sort of both kinds. She was born in Mestre but married a Venetian and moved … Continue reading

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Oh, Those Clowns!

My bookclub recently read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (and unanimously loved it). In the book, some Murano glass clowns figure rather importantly. I’m in Venice right now, and as I was walking through the Mercerie (one of the … Continue reading

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494 Years Ago!

Pirates sail the seas in rigged ships. But on the island of Murano, just north of Venice, rigged ships may be made of glass. On May 22, 1521, Hermonia Vivarini was granted the rights to produce her navicella, a glass … Continue reading

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