One of the most spectacular highlights of #TheHeartOfGlass is The Floating Furnace: a travelling programme of demonstrations around the Lagoon that will bring the art of Murano glassmaking to various sites around the city.

In 1574, when King Henry III of France visited Venice, a series of glassmaking demonstrations was organised on a floating barge located in front of Ca’ Foscari on the Grand Canal, where the King was staying. Inspired by this historical precedent, from 5th to 13th September The Venice Glass Week organises a programme of outdoor demonstrations, using a boat and a mobile furnace supplied by Consorzio Promovetro Murano, in collaboration with a number of glass masters.

The Floating Furnace will bring the magic of glassmaking on a multi-stop journey that will lead from San Giorgio Maggiore to Murano, via some of the most iconic spots in Venice including the Accademia, San Giorgio Maggiore Island, San Vio and Rialto.

The project is promoted by Consorzio Promovetro Murano and sponsored by Compagnia Energetica Italiana.

For the full programme of The Floating Furnace, click here.

To see The Floating Furnace promotional video, click here

The Floating Furnace, ph Simone Padovani