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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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A Peek into the Past

A reader recently shared this link from the Telegraph. Check out the Venice of a hundred plus years ago. Some are black and white only, while others are hand tinted. 21 Photos of Early Venice I’m trying to make sense … 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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Rights to the Muffola

What is a muffola, you might ask? And why does one need rights to it? On July 26, 1497, Marietta Barovier, master glassmaker,  applied to Doge Agostino Barbarigo for permission to build a special small furnace or muffola exclusively for her own … Continue reading

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