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Offline TxSilver

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Re: NY Times on Murano Glass Industry
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2012, 01:48:22 PM »
Something I'm noticing is there is a greater turn toward flamework in Murano. This makes so much sense, given the cost of energy. I don't know how big the flamework business is there, but I am hearing more of the people who do it.
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Re: NY Times on Murano Glass Industry
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2012, 02:04:01 PM »
Try comparing the cost of a fabulous piece of glass by a master - and a fairly ordinary (but good)  painting by somebody you've never heard of. The glass is likely to cost less.
Glass has not yet found its proper place in the "echelons" of art.

I can understand building hotels on the island - but why ghastly anonymous multinational chain ones?

Why not try to encourage small local and individual businesses?
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Re: NY Times on Murano Glass Industry
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2012, 08:32:14 PM »
It's good that the furnaces have moved to the mainland as it was just too expensive to keep producing on the island. Everything had to be imported, mind you, everything and then it all had to be exported including all the waste and garbage. Transportaion costs had to be enormous and it wasn't possible to bring any well sized boats to the island for shipping. Every time you have to move a box it gets to be expensive. As I recall they were not setup to handle 40' containers coming directly from the island, but that may have changed in recent years. I had also heard that some of the furnaces had been purchased by Chinese financial groups. They have lots of cash and in the long run it may help sustain the production of glass in the area. Trying to get all the gas and electricity to the island had to get more difficult and costly every year. The world's wealth is changing locations and so with it goes the market for luxury goods including glass.

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