WHAT ARE GLASS CANES ?
Wonderful Glass Canes
Glass canes have been used to make many different types of glass objects from the beginnings of glass making to the present day. A cane is a hollow or solid thin rod of glass which can be clear and colorless, multi colored and opaque or mixtures of all of these. To make a cane a blob of molten glass attached to a pontil is stretched or drawn out to the desired thinness. These drawn rods can be twenty feet or more in length. The cold canes are then cut into the required lengths or thin slices depending on what is being made. There are as many different types of canes and procedures as there are objects made with them. Glass canes are used to make millefiori, mosaic, air twist, opaque white or colored twist stems, and the Venetian filigrana glassware.
For additional reading I highly recommend one of the best books on the subject of cane making and Filigrana glass by Kitty Lameris,
“A Collection of Filigrana Glass, Kitty Lameris, Amsterdam, 2012″
The following examples of glassware made with canes are from the Allaire Collection and Museum collections.