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This awesome video, originally posted by Francisco Lopez Serrano, shows a Murano glass artist deftly transforming a blob of molten glass into an exquisite horse in about 90 seconds using large metal tweezers, heavy shears and gravity with so much skill that he makes it look effortless.

By the end of the video the beautiful new glass horse appears to have cooled completely, but the artist demonstrates that it’s still so hot that a piece of tissue paper catches fire as soon as it touches the sculpture.

Murano is an island located in the Venetian Lagoon Venetian island that’s been renown for its fancy glassware for centuries and is home to many factories and individual glass art studios creating everything from mass-marketed stemware to original glass sculptures. Murano glass is considered highly desirable and can be found throughout Italy, especially Venice.

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Museum Mondays: The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Fred Wilson: Works 2004–2011, an exhibition that brings together four recent works by the artist, including To Die Upon a Kiss, a Murano glass chandelier that was part of Pace’s 2012 exhibition Venice Suite: Sala Longhi and Other Works.

Fred Wilson: Works 2004–2011 is on view through May 5, 2013.

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© Fred Wilson, Courtesy Pace Gallery 

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A “Stellar Gondola” for the first Italian woman in space

A dot from the sky, Venice and its islands, so far away, but at the same time so close. So beautiful seen from that sky just like Samantha Cristoforetti has always dreamt of.

Now that she is up there, the Murano glass masters wanted to thank her for the picture of the city she tweeted and sent all around the world.

The island of Murano was moved by that image of Venice and Murano, and by her a special dedication: Hello #Venice from #space! I have flown in the area many times, but never quite as high!

Promovetro’s Murano glass master Pino Signoretto was inspired by this message, and he created a “Stellar Gondola” for the first Italian woman in space.

“We wanted to thank in our very special way this woman, engineer and astrounat, pride of the Italian excellence” – says the President of Consorzio Promovetro, Luciano Gambaro. “Our glass artwork is a thank to the gift she made to our city, showing Venice to the whole world, from such an amazing distance. In that picture one can also see Murano, our island, the island of glass. We are proud to share with her this incredible experience”.

The Stellar Gondola is in Murano Glass, created by “free hand” technique. The hull is black glass, while planets are in transparent and coloured glass. It is based on a aquamarine glass surface and it is decorated with tiny silvery straws.

Watch how the “Stellar Gondola” was made (with eng subs)

Murano Chandelier for the 21st century

We loved to see the ancient art of the glassblower finding contemporary expression. Supposing I had the budget and the space in my suitcase, not to mention a suitable space in a suitable house….definitely the chandelier for me.

Perpetual Amazonia: Tree of Life, Lucy Orta and Jorge Orta, 2013. Published in New Glass Review 35, CMGL 141030 (via Perpetual Amazonia: Tree of Life | Corning Museum of Glass).

Marc Quinn, The Etymology of Morphology, 1996, glass, 27 x 152.5 x 152 cm, Tate Collection. Source

English artist Marc Quinn cast a number of these glass forms from parts of his own body; a head, hand and penis can be identified amongst the ‘mercury-like puddles’, according to the Tate. The production process was carried out in Murano, near Venice, a place famous for its glassmaking.