A COMPANY IN THE ‘PIAZZA’
Whilst in everyday Italian language ‘piazza’ means town or village square, in Muranese glass working terminology it refers to the basic autonomous productive unit able to produce a piece of glassware from start to finish. At the head of this unit is the ‘maestro’ who coordinates a team that goes from four to eight men. ‘Piazza’ defines, as can be imagined, the space before the furnace around which the team moves. In the wider sense the ‘piazza’ is also the place, par excellence, of exchange and interaction, and it is also in this dimension that it is lived by the men who love working in it.
Vetreria Resanese S.p.A., a Treviso company founded in 1983 by Danilo Macchion with his collaborators and the headquarters of POESIA®, has five similar ‘piazze’, for a total of 100 quintals of glass worked per day. Already an industrial quantity, however, one that is obtained exclusively with artisan techniques from Muranese tradition.
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The term crystal indicates a type of transparent glass with a particular brilliancy that has a high concentration of lead oxide (in fact it is also called lead glass).
In Murano however, this pure and transparent glass is called ‘cristallo’ (crystal), even if lead is not used in the Muranese formulation. Venetian crystal is a particularly brilliant, homogenous, glass that is absolutely free of any colouration and is a sodium calcium glass, which makes it suitable for longer manufacturing processes and for the production of blown glass, because it maintains its plastic state for a long time.
The secret of the quality of Venetian crystal produced by POESIA® lies in the purity of the raw materials used, firstly the silica, in the clever use of decolouring agents, in the accurate preparation of the vitrifiable mixture and in how the fusion is carried out. As any self-respecting glazier, Vetreria Resanese also uses its own ..