Born Of Fire

Partners for life

Two Murano glass art pieces in the making. An inside peek into the world-famous glassblowing art by the craftsmen.

Ancient legend says that glass was created by chance on sandy river banks in Syna: Phoenician merchants saltpeter blocks to make campfires on the sand, and the mix of these elements and the heat produced this new surprising material.  Starting from 1000 B.C.E, glass spread throughout the Balkans and southern Europe, reaching the whole Mediterranean around the IV Century B.C.E. Finally Romans were the first who focused on glass production and made its use widespread.

To protect the art of making the glass, it was restricted to share the knowledge and glassblowers were kept confined to Murano. Neither were they allowed to take their workshops off the island. Glassblowing remained and thrived in Murano because of strict laws enforced by the government of Venice. Glassblowers were forced to remain in Murano while performing their skills. It is believed that the government of Venice hired men to monitor the glassblowers and keep them confined to Murano. They were instructed to capture and murder those who tried to escape. Venice did not want any skills of the art disclosed to other countries or foreigner in order to preserve their industry.



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By Champak Sharma

...and photographs are an amazing way to express the vivid shades of the poem called life. There are people and emotions, places and traditions, history and nature, moments and memories – and amidst them I discover the myriad colours of life. Their stories touch my being and I feel an urge to spread the reflections further. And photography is my medium for storytelling. The images are attempts to capture the essence of existences and in the process explore beyond the stereotypes. And with every photograph it’s an amazing feeling within…when a smile in an image spreads onto the lips of its viewer, serenity of a landscape captures someone’s imagination, ruins of an empire fills a mind with wonder, a high flying bird makes someone feel liberated, a look on an unknown face touches a heart…the list goes on. Like many others of my age, as a child growing up during 1990s – the still camera fitted with a photographic reel was a fascination for me. As time passed the compact digital camera became a household name and we no longer needed to ‘develop the negatives’. Now we have the DSLRs. Technologies have moved ahead simplifying the device – but photographs continue to be special moments preserved in the flow of time with interesting tales behind those shots. And this platform is an endeavor to share the photographs I capture, their stories and my experiences. As I attempt to explore the world through the lens, please join me in this journey and do share your views/comments.

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