When Venice was an island of wooden structures in the thirteenth century, glassmakers were confined to the neighboring island of Murano. Because of the threat of fire, it was too dangerous to allow them to remain in Venice. The foundries moved in 1291, all the better to isolate the craft and the artisans that revolutionized the alchemy of silica and heat. Susanna and Marina Sent grew up on Murano. Their personal glassmaking lineage reaches back three generations. They came to glassmaking after forays in architecture and jewelry design. Their combined sensibilities form a remarkable synergy of technical skill and modern aesthetics. Getting to Murano from Venice is a scenic ride on a vaporetto. Briefly, you pass the cemetery island of San Michele and then you arrive at Murano. Disembark at Colanna, the first stop, and you see the Marina e Susanna Sent building rising upon the Fondamenta Serenella, an anomaly of Murano. With its bright, white minimalist form, it heralds the work of artisans who lend a contemporary spirit to this thousand year old tradition.
The exterior courtyard contains a reflecting pool in which clear glass baubles float gently on the surface. It mirrors the building, a linear glass sculpture and the clear blue of the Venetian sky. It reminds you that Venice exists as a unique vibrancy of light, water and atmosphere. Susanna and Marina Sent are driven by scoperta, the thrill of discovery. Originally warned away from working with molten glass, they now find themselves driven by the desire to overcome the boundaries of glassmaking. Their gallery displays jewels, vases and adornments as totems of the physical manifestation of their virtuosity.
Take the scenic route in “Modern in Murano: The Sisters Sent’s Wearable Glass Jewelry” by reading this full article on The Decorating Diva written by Bella Figura Communications’ JoAnn Locktov as the Tileista.