A Venetian Chalcedony and Aventurine Glass Bowl

This display investigated the cultural and scientific history of an 18th century Venetian glass bowl.  Chalcedony and aventurine glass are two techniques beautifully demonstrated in this bowl. 

The bowl was researched and prepared by Eleanor Magson, a Masters student in Science Communication at Imperial College London.  She looked at the role of chance in scientific discovery and art, the relationship between the natural world and man-made products, and the complex techniques that went into the creation of this object.

Venetian glass bowl
Chalcedony and Aventurine Glass Bowl. Murano (Venice), 18th century.

Part of the Illuminating Objects series: March 2015 to 11 November 2015.
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Chance and Serendipity

In 17th century Italy, in the canalled streets of Murano, Venice, a glassmaker stumbled upon a new technique that seemed to create sparkling puddles of gold underneath the surface of pure, clear glass.

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