Murano, discovering the fornasa of Nason Moretti (part 2)

Murano, discovering the fornasa of Nason Moretti (part 2)

Wellcome back!

I’m back with a new post that this time will take place in the glass factory’s premises Nason Moretti. In this second part I will talk in more detail on the origin and processing of glass through images that I could shoot inside the “fornasa (furnace in venetian) of Nason Moretti. Seeing glass working is an exciting experience for the speed and mastery with which the glass mass acquires the shape of the final object. You can see a furnace in activity during the glass week that normally takes place in September, but throughout the year sometimes you have the opportunity to visit a furnace. At the end of the factory tour I visited the showroom located in the part adjacent to the factory. A blaze of colors has welcomed and enchanted me from the back of the room where all the products on sale are displayed.

Photo taken inside the Showroom of the Nason Moretti glassworks
Photo taken inside the Showroom of the Nason Moretti glassworks

Where does glass come from?

Discovered by chance from the fusion of various materials in the Middle East, the glass processing received a great impulse in Roman times, where the glass-blowing technique appears for the first time. The remains of the Roman era are still visible at the Altino museum and the shapes of many vases, used by the Romans as cinerary urns or as bowls, are still models in use. The diffusion of glass in Murano is documented by excavation finds in the Basilica of Saints Mary and Donatus, dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries.

Murano Nason Moretti furnace in operation
furnace in operation

Origin and history of the company Nason Moretti:

Nason Moretti was born from two important families of Murano glassmakers, starting from 1923. The glassworks specializes in the execution of furnishing accessories for the table, such as glasses, carafes, centerpieces, vases. The production takes place on two lines, a classic inspired by traditional styles and a more contemporary one according to design models. While the classic line uses transparent glass with some red variations and gold borders, the contemporary line instead has simple shapes and dares more with the colors. One of the most typical workings of this glassware is the technique of overlaid glass that is found in many colorful vases. In 1955 with the Lidia cups obtained with this technique, they won the “Compasso D’oro” award. The company has collaborated with important brands such as Tiffany, Armani, ValentinoBottega Veneta and The Merchant of Venice.

Murano Nason Moretti

Nason Moretti Gigolò Collection
These are some of my favorite glasses. Gigolò Collection
Nason Moretti Canova collection
Water glasses from the Canova collection in white filigree. Designer Stefano Marcato

This visit, which was followed by a second one at the Christmas glass market, stimulated my curiosity towards glassmaking and all the work behind it. I appreciated the mises en place that can be realized and that are a sign of great refinement, both for the modern and classic table. I would gladly see many of those pieces at my house. During the visit to the Christmas market I brought home my first haul!

Did you already know this company? The offer of the products lends itself to various tastes and I believe that many will find interesting objects with a timeless design. Let me know if you enjoyed this multi-colored ride and if I intrigued you.

Oppio chandelier, design by Alfredo Chiaramonte and Marco Marin
Oppio chandelier, design by Alfredo Chiaramonte and Marco Marin

Kisses and see you soon!

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