5/19/2016 - Glass-Blowing in Venice

Daily Update: Thusday, May 19, 2016

Have you ever watched someone blow glass into a beautiful artifact? I’ve seen it on TV, but seeing it live was a whole different experience. If you ever get the chance to see such a show, I highly recommend it. If you get the chance to view it in Italy, the show is even more special.

Myself, along with the rest of the HFU study abroad group, got to witness a glass-blowing demonstration in Venice, where we saw how to make a vase and even a small horse out of glass! With intricate twists, turns, pulls, and cuts, our master craftsman made beautifully intricate items right in front of our eyes.

Watching the craftsman create these glass items, while constantly sending the burning-hot glass into the furnace, was incredible. It didn’t hurt that he was a bit of a showman, incorporating humor and facts into his performance. It was an awesome experience to witness.

We’re off to Florence next, where we will tour the city, visiting the Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Chiesa di Santa Croce, and Gates of Paradise.