To appreciate the incredible skill it takes to shape one single bead in the lampwork tradition, you just have to see it with your own eyes!
As I watched (and filmed for you) Lorena's mother, Nina, create the beads for our "Ocean Tides" necklace, Nina spoke of how she was worried that lampworking has become a skill of "old people." With so few young people willing to work to learn this craft, will there be Murano treasures a generation from now?
When I walked into Cristina's shop, my hope was restored. There was her twenty-year-old son working with the torch and excitement in his eyes. Perhaps this artistry will live on.