Virginia and Tony lovingly and carefully create the Filigree Ribbon Murrini Balls at their glassblowing studio in Halton Hills, On. Handblown glass balls are one of Virginia’s favorite things to make. Her Filigrana Balls are highly collectible and in many private and public collections throughout the world.
The glass balls have a carefully selected complementary colored murrini on the bottom of the ball where the colorful patterned glass rods converge. Virginia selects the glass rods carefully to match in size, twist and pattern. The rods go on a fire proof plate and arranged to display a distinct pattern. They are fused and picked up on the glassblowing pipe. Then formed and blown into the desired shape and size. This creates a uniquely formed pattern throughout the ball.
Glass masters Filippo and Bernardo Catani invented the Ancient glass making techniques used in this process in 1526. This elaborate pattern making technique was laborious and difficult to perform. Filigree Glass was rare. This made it suitable for only the uppermost tables of society. It was befitting of Kings and Queens at the time.
This elaborate and beautiful form of Filigrana Glass is responsible for the fame of Murano style glass today. It is still rare and difficult of acquire.
The pattern and color combinations in these Filigree Ribbon Murrini Balls are almost limitless. This brings worldwide appreciation and joy to collectors of the beloved Filigree Glass technique.
Your beautiful glass ball will come in a gift box accompanied by an artist’s card.