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Main Street Murrini is a collaboration between glass artists Todd Manicki and Jim Weiler.  Located in Farmer City, Illinois, Todd and Jim focus on combining highly-skilled hot glass techniques with modern kiln-forming techniques to bring about an evolution in high glass art.  Main Street Murrini offers a wide variety of finished works  for the new and veteran glass collector alike.

 

 

 

 

The Techniques

Sculpture

Sculpture

Custom glass art sculptures are made using a variety of processes.  Whether employing a lost wax casting technique joined with a hand-blown top, or sculpting on a blowpipe in the hot glass studio, every piece is one of a kind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Days

End of Days

The End of Day style is an Italian factory tradition where the parts from multiple pieces, usually discarded, are combined to create a truly one-of-a-kind pattern.  Our design utilizes cut and polished tops to create an optical finish on the lip that exposes the multiple layers within the sculpture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll-ups

Roll-ups

The roll-up technique is achieved by pre-fusing glass patterns in a kiln.  The pattern is then reheated in our glass blowing studio where it is rolled up on a blowpipe to create a bubble that is blown into its final shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murrini

Murrini

Murrini is a centuries-old Venetian glass blowing technique.  The pattern within is created by gathering multiple layers of colored glass which is then stretched and cut into cross sections.  Each pull can generate dozens of identical murrini to be used in our designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venetian Cane

Cane is a traditional Venetian technique where pure glass color is pulled up to sixty feet, cut, and reassembled to generate linear patterning.  This cane is then picked up on a piece or picked up pulled and twisted to create a wide variety of twisty cane designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damascus

Damascus

Damascus patterning is achieved by layering sheet glass and fusing into a block.  The subsequent brick of glass is picked up and manipulated in the hot shop to achieve the desired patterning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographic Imagery

Photographic Imagery

Photographic imagery in glass is achieved by printing any digital file using a special enamel.  The print is then heated to 12ooF to create a permanent image on the glass.  These photographic images can be used in many different ways including blown vessels, sculptures, fusings, or architectural tiles for backsplashes in the home or business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fused and Slumped

Fused and slumped glass starts with assembling various glass parts and using a kiln to melt them into a sheet of glass.  The patterned sheet is then placed on a mold in a kiln and taken to 1200F to slump the glass into its final shape.  While highly decorative, these pieces are functional and can be used in a variety of ways from serving food to starting conversations as a centerpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tablet Series

Architectural Glass

Our large-scale fused glass tablets are designed with three finishing options for the customer to choose from.  Our options include:

1. an underlit table with color-changing LED lights

2. a framed option for the wall with enclosed backlit LED lighting

3. reshaping the flat tablet by heating it on top of a custom mold at 1225F