Thursday, September 29, 2011

Glass, Glass, Everywhere

The island of Murano (in Venice, Italy) is renown for its glass making.
I loved exploring all the shops and discovering unique artisans down random walkways.
I even took advantage of a photo op with a "Comet Glass Star" made by Master glass maker Simone Cenedese for Christmas 2007 in Murano.
Speaking of Christmas, we HAD to do the touristy thing and purchase an ornament depicting our travels this year. How could we not resist Santa on a gondola?
We actually toyed with the idea of purchasing a red glass chandelier for our living room
But, alas, I opted instead for a little glass-topped box to add to my collection. I was especially happy with the fact that we met and talked with the artisan herself.
Still . . . the chandelier would have been fun.


Cherie said...

The Chandelier is beautiful but I bet it cost a fortune! I love the ornament and the box you did get - they will be a wonderful reminder of your trip!!

Shannon said...

Again- Beautiful! That Comet Star "sculpture" is amazing! I agree, the chandelier would be fun, but what a pain to get home! My sister picked up a nativity set in Italy for me one year. Now I'm curious to know where she got it. No gondolas in it, though!

Chell said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that chandelier!

Ginger said...

Such beautiful craftsmanship! I love everything you took photos of. I especially love Santa on the gondola! So cool!

Marianne said...

I love the little box, Julie. It's just lovely. That chandelier is certainly amazing, too! Maybe Brian will get it for you for Christmas to go with your gondola Santa! ;-)

I love those large glass flowers!!!

Now that you know your way around Italy, maybe you could take me sometime....

Ann Marie said...

I can comment! I can comment!
PLEASE share what you did.. so I can blog about it.. and all of the people that I can't comment on.. will know.

LOVE your beautiful photos.. and I think I would have personally carried that chandelier on my lap all of the way back home.. lol!

LOVELY trip. You've sold me on a trip to Italy!!!

Garden of Egan said...

That is breathtaking!
I think this is my favorite pictures of your trip so far.

I'm so glad you've been able to go.

Sue said...

Amazing artisanship!


Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

There are all so beautiful! That chandelier is gorgeous. I like the colors and textures in the box too.

Dixie Mom said...

What I wouldn't give for that chandelier!!

Laura@livingabigstory said...

I adore that little box!

Doc always asks what to bring back on his trips but--with all his amazing talents and awesomeness--gift buying is just not one of his talents! More than once I have gotten an expensive HORRENDOUS gifts from his travels. SO now I assure him that I just want him to bring himself back from his travels :)

Mom to Many said...


If you enjoyed the glass you might enjoy going to Holdman studios. My husband and I stopped and enjoyed watching a man blow glass and we got to see stained glass windows in progress. It was really fun to see.


Susan R said...

The ornament is adorable, I love it.
I would be nervous being around all the glass. I'm like a bull in a china shop.
My favorite pottery from Italy is Deruta. Deruta rooster pitchers are so much fun.

JennyLynn said...

The box is sweet! Red chandelier looked amazing.