THE ARTIST'S MEDIUM
The small Italian island, MURANO, in the VENETIAN LAGOON, was the center of the world glass production from the 14th century on. Famous for their BLOWN GLASS OF EXQUISITE SHAPES AND FORMS, Murano glass artists developed many new techniques that are used today, such as crystalline glass, enameled glass, glass with threads of gold, multicolored glass, milk glass, bright-colored glass to name just a few. The techniques developed by the artists were adapted to create beads of UNMATCHED BEAUTY AND STRENGTH and are used to make JEWELRY COVETED ALL OVER THE WORLD. What made Murano glass so UNIQUE was that the local quartz pebbles were almost pure "SILICA" ground into very fine sand. Combined with "SODA ASH" from the Eastern Mediterranean the glass makers were able to produce glass of EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY.
JOAN HAND SELECTS THE STUNNING, ONE-OF-A-KIND GLASS BEADS TO PRODUCE HER DRAMATIC GLASS NECK-ART.