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This voluptuous art glass vase from the Molinari Family takes the shape of a droplet of molten lava, yet the tone of what is encased in a layer of crystalline glass is an airy light beige. The Brazilian artisans master the blown glass techniques originally created by Italy's renowned Murano glass makers and brought to the New World by immigrants.
Because each piece is individually crafted by hand, minor variations in color, shape and weight are to be expected. The presence of air bubbles accentuates the nature of the traditional hand blown crafting process, making each piece unique.
Antonio Carlos and his brother, Paulo Molinari, learned the ancient hand-blown glass technique as apprentices of the Italian master, Aldo Bonora, who came to Brazil from Murano Island. After eight years, they opened their own workshop in 1962. Considered among the most brilliant and talented hand-blown glass makers in the country, they have trained a number of glass artisans and have formed masters that have worked with them for more than 30 years.
More than fifty years ago, Antonio Carlos and Paulo Molinari set up their workshop with a small group of artisans. Today they have more than 100 artisans and more than 10 family members working with them.
This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.