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The Venetian glass technique is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures. As the glass passes from a liquid to a solid state, there is an interval when the glass is soft before it hardens completely. This is when the glass-master can shape the material.
Glassmaking existed in the lagoon of Venice from as early as the 8th century. In ensuing centuries the artisans of Venice began to accumulate some singular skills in glass production--gathered presumably in the course of the Republic of Venice's extensive trade throughout the Eastern Mediterranean and in the Islamic territories of the Levant and North Africa.
Venetian glassmaking was once a state secret in the Republic of Venice since 1291 when the glassmakers of the Venetian lagoon had distilled all knowledge into unique and proprietary production skills and the government of Venice banned glass furnaces from the central islands of Venice, relegating them to Murano Island to protect such skills.
The Venetian glassmakers led Europe for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline glass, enamelled glass (smalto), goldstone, multicoloured glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass.
Today, the Venetian glass artisans today continue in the Venetian's territory these centuries-old techniques, crafting figurine, chandeliers, glassware and vases, contemporary art glass, beads and tourist souvenirs.