As the new moderator for the Murano section I will be bringing new topics, examples, and information for everyone to read and participate in. This new Murano 101 topic, as here in the US we call the 1st (101) introductory class to a College course, is all about BUBBLES!!!
I have compiled a few images of Murano pieces in my collection with bubbles as decoration...
First I'll start with one of Alfredo Barbini's designs, using 1 layer of Controlled Bubbles or "Bullicante" over white. Usually the Gold Fleck will cause the piece to have a quilted design. It depends if the bubbles are on top of the gold or below it.
This second image is of an Archimede Seguso bowl, with 2 layers of Controlled Bubbles, which I called "Bollicine" for a long time to differentiate it from the "Bullicante" (1 layer). It is however called "Bullicante" in books so I will refer to it as such.
This next one is from a Barovier piece, where he used multiple rows "Cordonato," not layers of bubbles, one over the other, like Seguso.
There are many other combinations in which this bubbles are used, but they are in 1 form or another, "Controlled."
On the other hand this next examples go into something different. They use bubbles as the main part of the bowl or vase. The bubbles become the background, the color, and the texture of the piece.
Here's a piece which has very, very tiny frothy bubbles "Pulegoso" decoration, and has the white color because of it. The piece also has little open bubbles on the outside, but because they are so tiny, they are hard to feel with your fingers.
A little more intricate is this "Pulegoso" or "A Bollicine Sommerso" piece, where the bubbles vary in size, from "Froth" to larger bubbles all dispersed throughout the vase. It is also covered with a thin layer of Pink glass and Gold Flecks, so there is no texture.
Last is a close up of a "Pulegoso" vase, that has no decoration or any extras, other than a light Iridescent surface. This shows how the bubbles are everything to the vase, Color, Texture, and Form!
Hope this helps all of you collecting Murano, and those others looking at the board! Thanks again! Comments and new posts are welcomed!