A master craftsman inserts his blowpipe into the glory hole, a small opening in the side of a roaring furnace. The sphere of molten glass he extracts glows like the setting sun. A gossamer thread flashes orange between furnace and rod and is gone. The master craftsman rolls this molten glass, called a gather, on a metal table, and the sphere becomes a cylinder. With one short breath into the hollow rod, he makes the gob swell, then rolls it again, raises it, examines it, and thrusts it back into the fire. This is the process by which craft makers create bottles and other glass-based crafts that are both functional and aesthetic in presentation.
Venice was one of the first countries, which has made a great move to make the first glass creations in the world. Since glass has been made from antiquity in many parts of the world, what makes Murano glass, or Venetian glass, so special? It is thought that local craftsmen succeeded in refining their art to a high degree because of Venice’s frequent contact with other regions that had long-standing glassblowing traditions, such as Egypt, Phoenicia, Syria, and Byzantine Corinth. Indeed, methods and products of the oldest-known Venetian factories seem to owe much to their Oriental counterparts. Techniques used in Murano elevated the expertise of the island to a level perhaps never reached by other European centers.
Certainly, through the years the development of glass art making has approached the entire world. At the turn of time, the plausible character of glass to serve as light refractors that has a great effect on pieces of glasses that are used to make interesting pieces of art décor has turned man crafts men inspired enough to use the said material in creating different pieces of art work that are both aesthetic and functional in design. One of the most interesting pieces of art that had ever been created with the use of glass is that of the glass wind chime.
Fascination over Glass Wind Chimes
The fascination over glass creations has enticed many craftsmen to creating the different designs that could showcase the beauty of glasses and the enticing character it has in making a great display of light which is most often than not the most attractive feature of glass crafts. For this reason, the creation of the glass wind chime has also gained much popularity.
Glass wind chimes are known to be of great designs that are made to allure the visions and interest the hearing senses of the humans who are to appreciate the said artistic crafts of the makers. Stained glass wind chimes are of much great popularity among the many types of glass wind chimes produced today.