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Offline kwqd

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Murano snail
« on: January 12, 2019, 11:51:23 AM »
I've had this snail for 10 or 12 years and finally identified the maker, so posting images of my snail and the labeled example I found. It is 6" L x 3.5" H x 2" W, textured clear glass, no markings. Fairly heavy for its small size so may be leaded? The labeled example is a different color and texture but otherwise identical. Not sure if the label can narrow it to a specific Murano maker or not.
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Re: Murano snail
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2019, 03:46:03 PM »
Should have said that I identified it as Murano glass, but not identified the maker. I did research the label but could not find another like it.
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Re: Murano snail
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2019, 05:04:14 PM »
That pink and white combination is called alabastro. It's a very specific and collectable sort of glass.
You might get a bit further using that word.

I'm really not at all sure it is related to the clear glass one, which looks moulded, rather than hot worked, as the coloured one is. I know they're basically the same shape, even down to the flat part of the centre of the shell and the puddle of slime behind, but they do look like completely different methods of production.

The eye stalks are very different.  ;D

Unless the clear snail is not moulded, but was perhaps acid treated to give that surface, which might be something scarce, called corroso. I haven't seen enough corroso to be able to identify it well.
There was much excitement here in '05, when somebody found a rare corroso hippo.
But I don't think that's what your clear snail is.
If it is, I have a hat I will eat.
But I'll keep my fingers crossed, for your sake, that I will be eating my hat. ;)

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Re: Murano snail
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2019, 05:52:23 PM »
Thanks for all the good information, Sue! I neglected to mention that the dimensions of the two snails are the same, fwiw. The pink snail seems to have a mold line running down its back, visible in the lower left image. There are no mold lines on the clear glass snail, but they could easily have been removed during whatever process was used to create the textured look. Would a closeup of the finish on the clear snail be helpful? I agree that the details on the clear snail are much sharper.
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Murano snail surface texture
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 07:07:22 PM »
Here is a closeup of the surface. Thanks again for your comments!
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Re: Murano snail
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019, 07:22:19 PM »
Mould lines do get polished off high quality items.
The line on the alabastro snail surprised me - it looks hot worked, including the eye stalks.
Italian glass is not my area. There is so much of it I gave up a short while after dipping my toes in.

Thanks for the close-up of the texture. It will really help somebody who does know what they're talking about.
I don't really know what I'm talking about.  :-[
But the texture does look very unusual and I'm starting to wonder which is my smallest hat.
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Re: Murano snail
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2019, 07:30:03 PM »
Thanks! I know a fair amount about American glass, but not much about other glass. Personally, I've found berets to be quite tasty!  ;)
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Re: Murano snail
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2019, 09:01:06 PM »
My berets are, sadly, knitted, not felt.
I'm going to have to find one that isn't knitted. I can't eat stringy bits.  :P

We need confirmation first. I'm not experienced enough to be able to say if this is corroso or not.
It is unusual. And I'm very curious.
My thing is studio glass, mostly confined to small bits of Europe.
With the odd bit of American getting in - Studio Glass originated in America.
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Re: Murano snail
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2019, 09:18:37 PM »
Understood. Hopefully someone with this knowledge will chime in. I have quite a bit of studio glass and studio pottery. The head of the glass program at the local university was involved with the Pilchuck School.
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