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millefiori ornaments in gold bowl
Blown Glass Ornaments Ornaments are a popular Christmas tree decoration, and beautiful glass blown ornaments make a stunning statement or a thoughtful gift.  Glass blowing was discovered in the 1st century in Rome. Once glass blowing was discovered, glass objects and vessels became more readily available to the public.  The art of glass blowing has been refined and perfected over the years. These beautiful pieces from Murano will add style and elegance to any Christmas
glass blowing
History of Glass Making Evidence can be found as early as 3600 BC. First developed in Mesopotamia by mixing sand, soda and lime together at high heat, the technique of glass making has not changed very much, although the process has evolved. In the beginning it was very rare to own a glass piece or a glass vessel. The Phoenicians and the ancient Egyptians knew the secrets of glass production and used glass like materials such
Italian Table Setting
The Italian Table, Do We Eat to Live or Live to Eat? In Italy, dining is not just about consuming calories to satisfy bodily needs, it is one of life’s great joys. Eating delicious, well-prepared food is a quintessential part of daily life and is treated as a pleasure to be savored and shared with others. Anyone who has had the great privilege of traveling to Italy can attest to the fact that Italians always
Murano canal view
No visit to Venice would be complete without a trip to Murano, nicknamed the “Glass Island” The small island of Murano in the middle of the Venetian Lagoon is actually composed of seven smaller islands, linked by bridges. Like Venice, Murano offers its visitors a network of canals, lined with ancient buildings and beautiful views but, unlike the bigger city, it combines the richness of its history with a simpler, more genuine charm. Since the late
Pottery is not just basic functional ware. It may look like a bowl or a plate that you have washed and rinsed a hundred times, but it is so much more than that. A hand painted ceramic piece, from Deruta or any of the myriad of regions in Italy that call ceramics their specialty, is a personal expression, made with the steady and focused hand of an artist. The motifs tell a story of what