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Murano Glass Clowns Are Works of Art

Our first Murano glass clown arrived broken and broke my heart. But we got to experience the beauty and expressiveness of the work of art and will try again.

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One of the very complex Murano glass sculptures is the large clown. The large clown is by far more complicated and detailed than the typical ten-inch figurines. Thanks to their complexity, large clown characters evoke one of the widest ranges of emotions of any of the objects that we carry including happiness, fear, compassion, sadness, etc.

Murano Glass Clown
A Murano Glass clown by Mario Costantini is an intricate patchwork of design features.

The clown in the picture delivered many emotions to me. It was supposed to be our first clown ever and I was going to feature it in our December newsletter. It seemed to be so carefully packaged, I was taking a video of the unveiling, and then we discovered that the bird had broken off his arm. I was so happy and excited and when I saw that my heart sank and I sulked the whole day. I spent a long time admiring the beauty of the bird and wondering if there was a way to fix it. I gave up when I noticed a small crack in the saxophone. That’s business, I suppose. Although it was packaged really well it didn’t survive a week’s worth of handling. I showed it to Sara (the owner of the glass factory and my point of contact) and she was so kind as to give me a credit. But I don’t want to get the same clown just to see it arrive broken again. I will probably try something simpler until we can figure out a foolproof way to package it.

I don’t know yet of anyone looking for Murano glass clowns of this quality. If you are one of them, please get in touch with me and I will figure out a way to get it to you unbroken. Coincidentally, today I got an e-mail from a customer who had asked us to replace a broken lampshade. She was so happy and thankful that it rewarded me for all the extra work. But I shouldn’t call it work: that’s what I love to do.

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