We hope they will enable you discover more about the types of glass products that you are interested in collecting, or help you to identify a glass item you have come across.
Please note, we are well aware that there are some gaps, for instance, we don't have much on French or American glass, this is simply because, as glass dealers in the UK, we don't come across that much of it, so we don't have many pictures with which to create a guide.
I was fuzzy on some moments (hello, labor pains), so D filled me in on all the parts I missed..couldn't see, for that matter.
We were in total awe of our baby girl, who was finally Earth-side, sleeping soundly in my arms.
That's the room we spent 48 precious hours getting to know our sweet Heidi in.
I'd like to say we all slept, but D and I were on such an adrenaline high that first night, all we did was stare at her. Around midnight, a nurse came in to give me a light snack (the best bagel with banana and peanut butter of my life! We couldn't stop mulling over every detail of Heidi's arrival.
Not on Murano, however, but on its more important neighbour in those days, the island of Torcello.
The sheer magnitude of what we created, a new life, still blows my mind to this day. When I look at the two of them playing together today, I'm in total awe of God's love and provision for our family.
Out of a love built over 15 years of dating and marriage came this tiny human..him, half me. I hope Heidi always knows how loved and cherished she is by both her daddy and I.
Glassmaking was an art that had reached a height in the countries of the Middle East - particularly in Syria, Egypt and Palestine - and Venice, looking outwards to the sea as always, was fertile soil for the specialised skills of the trade.
As Venice's trade grew with the Orient, typified by the journeys of Marco Polo and his uncles, so the skills from that area began to flow - along with the trade goods - along the return route.