These colorful objects are contemporary examples of a millennia-old glass art form called Murrine. Murrina (the singular form) is an Italian term for colored patterns or images made in a glass cane (long rods of glass) that are revealed when cut in cross-sections. The process first appeared in the Mideast more than 4,000 years ago and was revived by Venetian glassmakers on Murano in the early 16th century.
Artists working in glass design murrine in a variety of ways from simple circular or square patterns to complex detailed designs to even portraits of people. Murrine are designed by layering different colors of molten glass around a core, then heating and stretching it into a rod. When cool, the rod is sliced into cross-sections of desired thickness with each slice possessing the same pattern in cross-section.
These beautiful murrine pieces are the work of Elk Grove, CA-based glass artist Loren Stump, owner of Stumpchuck, Loren’s lampworking studio, shop and educational facility.
Visit the Stumpchuck website, Facebook page and Instagram account to check our more of Loren Stump’s incredible glasswork.
[via Twisted Sifter and Wikipedia]