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Swedish Covered Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking

This video shows, first, the four elements of the goblet and a fifth element for the finial of the lid being made and placed in an oven. Next, the assembly process begins. After the foot element has been attached to a pontil, the other parts are added and adhered together using small amounts of glass—'glue bits’—freshly gathered from the furnace. The lid is made and then, while it is held from the inside with a pontil, the cross-topped crown-shaped finial is attached. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking by William Gudenrath.

Between about 1500 and 1725, Venice was nearly the sole supplier of fine luxury glass to the royal and aristocratic, the wealthy and powerful, throughout Europe. The Venetian government went to extreme measures to protect its lucrative and prestigious monopoly by isolating the highly skilled workers on the nearby island of Murano and severely restricting their movements. However, with the promise of personal freedom and the hope of fortune, they gradually fled the lagoon to set up workshops in a variety of locations on the Continent and in England.

The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking presents detailed 360° photography and high-definition video related to objects from nine glassworking centers influenced by Venetian style as researched by master glassmaker and scholar William Gudenrath. The resource is a follow-up to Gudenrath's popular Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking (2016) also available free online.