Murrine (singular: murrina, also referred to as murrini) 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 (like a loaf of bread). 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 (like below).
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. 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. [source]
In the astonishing murrine examples below, we see the work of artist Loren Stump, an American glass artist with more than 40 years of experience. Loren is also the owner of Stumpchuck, a lampworking studio based in Elk Grove, California where Loren offers classes, tools, and glassworks for sale.
To see more incredible glass artworks from Loren, be sure to check him out at the online links below.
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