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A Penne

A penne is a decorative technique that originated in antiquity. It was used by the Romans and, beginning in the 16th century, by the Venetians. Here, the technique is demonstrated using a wrap and a fin mold.

Used In: Ampollina

An ampollina is a vessel similar in purpose to the Amphora, but smaller in size. This example has a handle, spout, small flameworked flowers, and a gold-leaf edge.

Aqua Rings on Simple Tumbler

On this simple tumbler, small aqua rings hang freely from loops. 

Used In: Aspersorium

This object is an aspersorium, a vessel for holding holy water. It is made with ice glass, a decorative effect that causes the surface of the glass to resemble cracked ice. The aspersorium has a handle attached by two loops, an edge wrap, and a body wrap.

Bowl with Roman Foot and Folded Edge
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Roman glassworkers, tirelessly creative and inventive, were fond of folding and manipulating inflated glass in a variety of ways for different purposes. Two of their characteristic structures—both functional and beautiful—are demonstrated.

Chalcedony Glass

How does chalcedony glass react when it is melted and blown? This video supplies the answer.

Classic Flared Wineglass

An exceptionally elegant vessel, this wineglass is a perfect example of an object built on the blowpipe. It has a stem with no constriction, and it features a merese and an exaggerated flare at the opening. 

Color-Band Bottle
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The small bottle shown in this video is made with bands of color.

Dragon-stem Goblet

A dragon-stem goblet has many parts, including a bowl, a foot, and a dragon. Dip molding is used to create the dragon, and the parts are attached with glue bits. This goblet has pincered bits, a merese, an avolio, wings, and eyes.

Ein Gedi Bottle
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This video shows the making of the Ein Gedi bottle, which is dated to the mid-first century B.C. It is now in The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.