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Making a flower

Workers assemble a small flower that will be one of dozens on a chandelier. Each flower has perhaps a dozen small petals, each of which must be formed and attached to the stem, one at a time.


The island of Murano, near Venice, Italy, has been home to the BF Signoretti Glass Factory since 1291. It is a family owned business with glass-working skill passed from father to son. It takes a decade or two for an apprentice to become a master. Some never do.


It was fascinating to watch the worker form a chandelier stem from glowing-hot glass, in one long and sweeping free-form motion, and to realize that he had to do it again and again, each stem identical to the rest.


It was very hot by the furnaces, even though the temperature outside was mild. I wouldn't want to work there in July.

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Taken on September 6, 2013