One Thousand Years，One Lino Tagliapietra
The history of Venetian glass can be traced back to the 8th century. The successful industry brought wealth and success to Venice and in 1291 the Venetian government imposed a decree forcing all glassmakers to relocate to Murano for a couple of reasons: first, they feared a fire would start from the furnaces in the wooden structures of the crowded city and secondly, they wanted to keep their glassmaking formulas secret.
As other European countries witnessed the beauty of Venetian glass and the wealth it produced, glassblowers were bribed to leave the island. To prevent defection, officials increased the punishment to include fines, imprisonment and even death. By the 14th century, those who stayed and were loyal to the legacy of Venetian glass were treated treated like royalty and their daughters were permitted to marry into Venice’s most affluent families.
By the time Lino Tagliapietra was born in 1934, Venetian glass had already enjoyed a fruitful 1,000 year history……