Monday, February 5

Lampwork Glass - The History about Italian Effetre Glass

As a lampwork artist, I use many different "brands" of soft glass. 

In much of my work over the last decade, three brands are most constant in my studio are:

  • CiM Creation Is Messy
  • Double Helix - my favorite silver infused glass
  • Effetre glass 

The oldest of the three brands is Effetre. But what is it and how did it come to be? 

In this blog post, I will tell you everything you need to know about this amazing type of glass and its history.

Effetre glass is an Italian basic when it comes to glass used in lampworking.

Lampworking which is a technique of shaping glass by melting it with a torch. 

It is considered a medium-soft glass, meaning it is easy to work with when hot. 

It comes in a wide range of colors and can be used to make beads, jewelry, sculptures and other artistic objects.

Effetre glass is also known as Moretti glass, because it was originally produced by the Moretti family in Murano, Italy. 

Murano is an island near Venice that has been famous for its glassmaking since the Middle Ages. 

Murano glassmakers developed many innovations and secrets that made their glass unique and highly valued.

One of these secrets was the method of making millefiori or murrine, which are glass rods with layers of different colors that create beautiful patterns when sliced. 

The Moretti family rediscovered this ancient technique in the 19th century and created many new colors and designs of glass rods and millefiori. Click here for their pdf catalog of patterns

Effetre Murano SRL is the only company that still makes Effetre glass in Murano today. They use modern technology but also preserve the traditional skills and quality of their products. They offer a variety of items, such as filigree, glass sheets, frits, blocks, tubes and zanfirico-reticello, which are all made with Effetre glass.

Effetre glass is a wonderful material for anyone who loves glass art. It has a rich history and a vibrant beauty that can inspire your creativity. I recommend exploring their website to learn more.

Above is a sneak peek of a link to download their color catalog which I have printed in keep in my studio for referencing color combinations.

Nortel Glass in Toronto is my Effetre supplier in Canada with quick shipping and most colors in stock and ready to ship to you.

Until next time,



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