Az Vetri

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Az Vetri in Venice has specialized for many years in the realization of glass objects and artworks of various kinds. Located at Fondamenta Venier, 38 / A, a place accessible by boat and on foot, which is part of a major tourist area near the sea.

Glass processing is an ancient art in the Serenissima since 982, the year when the first historical testimonies and the first official documents related to the processing of this material are found. Initially, only items of everyday use were produced, in detail the “fiole” or blown glass bottles, with a waisted body and a very long neck, later with the passing of years the working technique has improved, joining the creativity and the ability of great artists, painters and designers to create works of art of absolute excellence.

Today, on the island of Murano and in the city of Venice, glass is an exclusive tool of expression, capable of giving shape to the creativity of masters specializing in the art of glass. Even after so many centuries, in fact, inspiration finds in this material a perfect ally, capable of giving every object a special and inimitable magic.

Az Vetri is a historic glass shop that can boast of extensive experience in the field of glass processing. In the 14th century, glass firing ovens consisted of three floors. The first floor was used for the heating phase, the second floor for the melting phase and the third was needed to slowly cool the works. The raw material consists of siliceous sand, which the Venetians obtained from the sand or the river cobblestones. Today’s furnaces are instead gasy and there is great attention in choosing the glass and its composition.

Az Vetri owns an ancient furnace, that can reach high temperatures allowing each type of processing with high quality glass. The furnace is formed inside it by an oven called the “vasca” used for processing and three furnaces used for cooling which are called “muffole” or “tempere”. Blown glasses and chandeliers need to stay in the cooling ovens at least twenty-four hours, sculptures and heavier objects, at least seventy-two hours. There are also two color ovens and one suitable for up to three types of different glass. Finally a furnace specially dedicated to the heating of glass plates. The historicity and importance of our furnace is the result of dedication and passion for glass art, investing always in quality and innovation.