My Glass Menagerie

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“Venice Canal”

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“Venice Canal” is an original oil painting by Robert Mauro, resident of the Empire State, New York. Robert is dependent on a wheelchair for mobility and a respirator to breathe. He can only paint for about 20 minutes at a time, so he creates his art in stages. This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Robert Mauro for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves, They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.
“Venice Canal” is an original oil painting by Robert Mauro, resident of the Empire State, New York. Robert is dependent on a wheelchair for mobility and a respirator to breathe. He can only paint for about 20 minutes at a time, so he creates his art in stages. This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Robert Mauro for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves, They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.

When I saw Robert Mauro’s painting I immediately reflected upon the most magical city in the world: Venice. One cannot think of Venice without thinking of Murano glass. Tennessee Williams poignant play, “The Glass Menagerie” centers around Laura, a shy girl who has a glass collection symbolizing how fragile she is. I always felt a connection to this character and have been collecting Venetian glass for many years. Many of you may know that the island of Murano in Venice is very famous for its glass factories and the art of glass blowing. In fact it is difficult to walk anywhere through what many call the maze of the city of Venice (there are no cars, just canals and boats) without seeing glass shops everywhere.

Glass candy
Glass candy

Venetian glass was developed in the thirteenth century and toward the end of that century, the center of the Venetian glass industry moved to Murano where some of the most important brands of glass like Pauly, Seguso and Vernini are still produced in the historical glass factories on Murano.

Glassmaker in Murano
Glassmaker in Murano

My collection consists of many pieces of Venetian glass in the shapes of blown glass candies, fruits, dancers, horses and unicorns and many little tiny “families” where there is a larger “mother” and smaller pieces of the same family surrounding her.

Families
Families

I also have a collection of fine Venetian mosaic necklaces and bracelets. The mosaic beads are of all shapes, sizes and lengths. When buying mosaic beads make sure you get the quality ones which are strung with threads (not plastic) as pictured below:

Venetian mosaic necklaces and bracelets
Venetian mosaic necklaces and bracelets

My favorite pieces are the black glass dancers. I discovered this little shop many years ago owned by Gianni Camuffo San Marco 4992 Calle delle Acque, Venezia, tel. 041/ 5202496. In my many visits to Venezia I have never found these pieces duplicated. He also has an exquisite display of glass fountain pens and amazing glass insects.

Glass dancers
Glass dancers

Do any of you collect glass or have other unique collections?
My Glass Menagerie is not so little anymore. It’s so difficult to not reach for these beautiful pieces displayed glistening in the sun wherever you go in Venice. Happy shopping!

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you Robert Mauro for bringing me back again to the most romantic city on earth.

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Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next Tuesday.
-Maria

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2 thoughts on “My Glass Menagerie

  1. Dana Burdick March 12, 2015 / 2:48 am

    Maria,

    Well, l have never been to Venice. I heard it’s really lovely. I never collected glass menagerie, but love How pretty some of the glass prices are. Once l mistakened the candy piece for the reall thing. I to should start collecting this pieces. I also paint, and I have to take breaks to. Because l have shaky hands. But l love to paint and some day maybe l will go to venice to.

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    • tesoromio315 March 12, 2015 / 9:29 am

      Dear Dana never give up on the things that you strive to be & all the places you want to go to.anything is possible in life as you can see is demonstrated by all the THASC artists

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