One of our stops was Venice . The city of love. Well in March it was very cold and drizzeling. I had on layers of clothes, but I was still cold. While in Venice we went to a factory that makes Murano glass. Here is the link to some information about Murano glass making http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murano_glass . We watched a glass blower make some beautiful glass pieces and then they take you through the gift shop, of course, hoping you will purchase something. A lot of these items are quite pricey, but we found this beautiful cobalt blue pitcher and juice glass set. Mr. Savvy was so nice to purchase it for me and we had it shipped home. The bottom of the pitcher is even inscribed by the glass blower. It says "for the Nichol's family Venezia 2001". I keep this set in my hutch in the dining room so it won't get broken. If anything does break they will replace it if we just give them a call. Enjoy these pictures of my Murano glass.
I love the intricate detail of each flower
Each piece is hand painted
All of the details are raised . The gold is 24 carat overlay.
This is where it stays
Another stop we made one day was to an inlaid wood working factory called Notturno Intarsio in Sorrento. The link to the exact factory we went to is here: http://www.notturnointarsio.com/. They make beautiful works of art. They make artwork, jewelry boxes, furniture, etc. Each piece is meticulously made, which is all explained in the link. Just click info and it tells you how they make these inlaid pieces. We bought a picture and a musical jewelry box. The picture of the lady sitting by the sea hangs in one of the guest rooms upstairs and the jewelry box sits on my dresser. Here are some pictures of these pieces.
This picture just seem to grab hold of me and she had to come home with me.
Just look at all the details. Each piece are pieces of wood put together to create this piece of art.
This is my beautiful little musical jewelry box. The song that it plays is "Torna A Surriento". Each time I play it I am reminded of our trip to Italy. This piece has a very polished finish to it. It is shiny as glass.
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