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MELANIE MOERTEL – HANDBLOWN GLASS JEWELRY

Melanie creates unique glass jewelery (necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings) in her Leipzig studio.

The careful production gives the handmade glass beads a very special stability. Glass is also sustainable and hypoallergenic.

Melanie Moertel
Melanie Moertel Glass Artist from Leipzig

MELANIE MOERTEL – GLASS ARTIST

Combining technical perfection with playful ease - that's what appeals to me when working with hot glass.

 

When designing my glass beads, I make sure to combine traditional craftsmanship with modern design elements in order to create something new.In addition to exhibitions at home and abroad (including Pismo Art Gallery, KOBE Lampwork Museum, Glasmuseum Wertheim) I have taught my bead designs and techniques in workshops worldwide, and organized and carried out Germany-wide glass events for a Danish jewelry brand. Today my focus is on glass and jewelry design.

Publications & TV

​2018 // ARD (ARD Buffet)

2017 // Saxony TV (Saxony mirror), MDR (thunder weather)

2004 // Franconia television

Magazines and Books

GlassLine (USA) / Bead & Button (USA)/ private room (Germany)/ The Beader's Guide to Jewelry Design (USA)/ Art from the Flame (Germany)/ 1000 Beads (USA)/ Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry (USA)/ Oregon Life (USA)/ The Flow, #3 & #4 (US)/ Totally Twisted (USA)/ Caution Glass, No. 1, 2, 3, 6 (Germany)/ Glass...pearls...eigenART, (Germany)/ Ma Vie (Germany)

Glasperlen Atelier in Leipzig
Studio

A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES

Each individual bead is melted by hand in an open flame. The raw material used is mostly Italian Murano glass in rod form. In addition to Italian glass, I also work with American glass and the particularly stable borosilicate glass.Soft glass melts at approx. 600 - 800°C and is then melted layer by layer around a metal rod. Depending on the size and design, it can take up to an hour to make a single glass bead.The final tempering process in a special oven ensures the necessary stability.

The craft of glass blowing had been known in Venice since the 10th century, but it only became really relevant there from 1204. From then on, the number of glass blowing workshops increased significantly and the centrally located workshops led to some major fire disasters. So in 1291 it was decided to move the glass blowers to the island of Murano.But not only fire protection was an important reason for moving to Murano, but also the non-disclosure option. Glassblowers were forbidden to leave the island of Murano under penalty of death.

 

It so happened that recipes and secrets of glass blowing art passed down through the generations only within families and eventually Murano became the world capital of glass. The quality, workability, purity, stability, brilliance and transparency of the colors of the glass produced on the island of Murano are excellent.

I have been working with this special glass from Italy since 2003. The term Murano glass therefore not only refers to products manufactured there, but in particular to the raw glass that is manufactured there.

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