Murano Glass Beads – Lampwork Glass Workshop in Murano, Venice
A journey into the heart of the magical world of glass and fire. An age-old story that started in Murano.
WHY DID WE LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MUCH?
Only in venice! Why not take the opportunity to experience a unique and memorable Venetian artistic activity. While you are in venice, Join us in the workshop of a real glass atelier in Murano and meet Muriel, who creates works of art in her beautiful glasswork studio. Muriel will begin by demonstrating the extraordinary alchemy of how she creates the Venetian pearls.
Creating the colour in the murano glass beads?
Murrine are coloured patterns or images made in a glass cane that are revealed when the cane is cut into cross sections. Murrine can be made into infinite designs to enhance the beauty of the glass. One familiar style is the flower or star shape which, when used together in large numbers from a number of different canes is called millefiori.
Murrine production first appeared in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago and was revived by Venetian glassmakers on Murano in the early 16th century.
Make your own Murano glass beads!
You will witness the alchemy which happens between the murrine and the blow torch. Muriel will share her passion with you and teach you the basics of the working with glass. You can become a ‘perlera’ for the day! If you go to the island of Murano you can watch the master glass makers at work heating and molding the magical material of glass. If you try this course yourse you will understand the satisfaction that the master glassmakers experience and experience yourself how the fire transforms and brings light and colour to this magical material.
After a demonstration of the technique by Muriel, you will be sitting at the work table and using the lampwork glass technique you will create a wonderful souvenir of your trip to Venice.
Glass Bead Making – 3 reasons to experience it:
- Create a gorgeous souvenir with your own hands
- Gain first-hand knowledge of glassmaking, one of Venice most ancient activities
- Create a personal connection with artists in Venice
Should you be interested in attending this experience at a different time, do not hesitate to contact us!
If you are fond of beads and murrine, Muriel will help you make your own Murano glass jewel! Discover all the details of her Murano jewelry workshop!
Longer murano glass bead courses.
Courses with candlelight pearls of 1, 2, 3 hours … or a week!
The course is suitable for everyone, including children from 10 years (remembering that a parent must always be present during the activity). The one and a half hour course is enough to create at least one pearl, while the three hour course allows you to create the Murano glass elements for a set (eg pendant and earrings). If you really want to learn more about creating these beautiful piece s then you can opt for a longer course over several days, to learn the complexities of the technique and to create more complex decorative elements. The courses are available all year round by appointment, from Monday to Saturday morning, except on public holidays. Don’t forget that at the end of the course the glass is put to temper in an oven for about 24 hours, after which the elements will be perforated for use. The pearls will then be delivered after 48 hours; delivery can be done by hand if you are still in Venice, or by post (for international items, a surcharge may be requested).
Where is the course held?
Muriel’s atelier is a 5-minute walk from the ACTV stop “Murano Museo”, which can be reached directly from the Santa Lucia train station by line n. 3, or with Fondamenta Nuove with line 4.2. You can check the timetables on the ACTV transport company website (http://actv.avmspa.it/it/content/orari-servizio-di-navigazione-0)
When you meet the artisans of Murano glass you will enter another world. Enjoy the island by making contact with those who live and create in this unique city suspended between water and sky. You will understand how the art of glass is part of the culture of venice, which has developed here for at least 1000 years. You will also be able to fully appreciate the works of art in the Glass Museum with the extra knowledge you will have gained..
If you are fond of jewels, pearls and murrine, you can do other courses with Muriel like the Murano glass jewellery creation course! Discover all the details on the Murano Venezia Jewels page!
If, on the other hand, you are interested in seeing how large vases, chandeliers and glass sculptures are produced, then we recommend a visit to a glass furnace, where you can see the explanation of glass blowing techniques and discover the history of a trade that has been handed down for generations. Visit our Murano Glass Masters page.
- Child Friendly
- Private Experience
Workshop of 1 h 30 min:
price per participant: 66€
Workshop of 3 hours
price per participant:125€
Intensive workshop of 8 hours (to be split in 2 days: beads making and jewel creation: 4+4)
1 h 30 min or 3 h. Week classes of 12 h available.
Bead making classes are available from Monday to Friday, from 9.30 a.m to 5 p.m and on Saturday morning up to 12 am.
Included / Excluded
Class and materials used during the workshop.
Delivery of the bead in Venice (minimum time for delivery: 48 hours)
Whatever not specifically included.
For cancellations up to 24 hours before the start, a penalty fee of 10% will be withheld from the rate.
There will be no refund in case of NO-SHOW or cancellation within 24 hours before the experience starts.
Other practical information
Private experience for 1 or max. 3 participants. A third participant could be added after request.
Suitable for kids from 10 years old (presence of the child’s parent is compulsory).
After the bead creation, a special oven will ensure its solidity, and a hole will be made in it. You will receive the bead that you created within the next 48 hours. Its delivery may be in Venice at your address, or be done by mail, within certain geographical limits.
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