Green, colorful, big or small, real or artificial…a holidays’ symbol, adorned and decorated by following own personality and creativity…the’re the Italian blown glass Christmas ornaments!
Today Christmas tree is the best friend of lots of families all over the world….And once it wasn’t an Italian tradition! Indeed in the Catholic countries, such as Italy, instead of the others European countries, this tradition arrived late. That was because the real emblem of Christmas was the Nativity Scene. The northern part of Europe, full of Protestant countries, saw the arrival of this new tradition since the beginning of the Second World War.
The origins of Italian glass art.
Sit down and wait the 1940s, when the world of Christmas tree decoration arrived in Italy too. Karl Becker, a German entrepreneur and owner of La Florida, left his country and continued to produce artificial Christmas trees on sunny Lake Como. He got the cooperation of many Italian glassmakers, swamp by economic crisis. They left the production of goods for kitchens and glass bottles to dedicate to Italian glass bowls.
Thanks to the decline in the production of glass ornaments in Germany, Italy become the new center of glassmakers. In 1950s lots of Italian blown glass Christmas ornaments were exported to USA, sold as unique goods only in luxury stores and exclusive malls. Children could hang characters of Disney stories such as Peter Pan and miniatures of Sputnik, Paperino or Topolino. In 1960s Charlie Brown, the Beatles and Pink Panther entered the world of Christmas glass decorations.
Italian blown glass Christmas ornaments.
The production process uses, in addition to the creativity and imagination of the artist, the vetro soffiato a lume technique (blown glass candle technique). Starting from a pyrex glass heated tube, the glassmaker blows the preform to achieve the desired shape and then fixs to the central body the various completions. After stabilization in the oven, each piece is colored in silver and then decorated by hand with holly, candles, Christmas trees, stars, comets, bells and also fairy tales or movies’ characters.
Bellagio Christmas decorations.
Of course, in Bellagio there’s the ancient Italian tradition of glass blowing … something similar to Murano. Those who love the uniqueness and quality made of unique pieces, the result of a careful manual work by craftsmen, the reference point is this famous village, the guardian of Lake Como Christmas tradition. To visit Bellagio means not just to learn about the history and natural beauty, but also to learn more about the traditions of the past.
La Sava, artisan artistic glassmakers, is one of the most successful names in Bellagio. Mr. Brambilla and his daughter Annalisa founded this small company. For more than 40 years it continues to blow delicate and special pieces for their best customers. Its success went overseas, in the land of stars and stripes.
I Vetri di Bellagio, is a craft shop that could be seen strolling through the old town. Here you can buy blown glass items, hand-decorated objects and glass jewelry.
In 2009 was born also Gilardoni Decorazioni Natalizie with the objective to produce hand-made Christmas decorations.