Art Glass Paperweights

pa*per*weight (n). A small, heavy, often decorative object that is placed on loose papers to hold them down, also known as collectible, contemporary objects of beauty

The handblown artglass paperweights Virginia and Tony create are extremely collectible and are made with great care and devotion. All made personally by Virginia Wilson Toccalino and Tony Toccalino at their glassblowing studio using Venetian influenced glass making techniques, developed in Murano Italy in the year 1526, Working at their glassblowing studio in Milton, On in the Greater Toronto Area the filigree and millifiori techniques used in these weights was are the same techniques used in the past and largely responsible for the fame enjoyed by Murano glass today. Every paperweight is unique and one of a kind unless identified as a limited edition run. There may be some similar in color and pattern but no two of their handblown art glass paperweights are the same. Some of the paperweights are hand signed with a diamond bit, some have signature murrinis to identify the artist. We also have handblown art glass eggs that have no flat spot.. All handblown glass made by Virginia and Tony is annealed in a digitally controlled annealer for strength and durability. The images you’ll see are of our actual art glass selection and the piece you will receive should you make a purchase. Thank you for supporting  fine Canadian Handblown art glass.

Filigree glass was invented in Murano Italy by glass masters Filippo and Bernardo Catani of the glass house Sirena in 1526, an elaborate process that was indeed difficult to perform. Filigree Glass, unlike conventional blown glass, was suitable for only the uppermost tables of society as it was not common. This elaborate form of Filigrana Glass is responsible for the fame of Murano style glass today. Currently, with new design innovations and increasing levels of workmanship, the patterns able to be embedded in these artglass paperweights appear to be limitless, bringing much appreciation and joy to collectors of the beloved Filigree Glass technique.

Dichroic glass is used in our Stardust Series paperweights and Stardust Eggs and was developed by the space industry for window filters on space craft. It is made by depositing several very thin layers of rare metal oxides on the surface of a piece of glass, then bombarding the particles with an intense electron beam in a high temperature vacuum chamber. the term ‘Dichroic‘ is defined as the property of exhibiting more than one colour when viewed from different angles. Virginia fires her glass in a kiln at high temperatures a number of times to achieve the finished result. The colour of each piece can be quite unpredictable. Dichroic glass possesses a similar effect that is witnessed in nature on inset wings, peacock and hummingbird feathers. When the dichroic glass is fired in the kiln, its reflective qualities are enhanced to make it sparkle and shine an increased amount.

Comments are closed.

  • Filigree Trillium Stardust Paperweights

    The Stardust Crown Paperweight uses various coloured “Dichroic Glass“. We enhance its reflective qualities to exhibit more color and sparkle. We combine this with various styles of filigree, ribbon cane or latticino complex canes. These pieces are truly unique and the end result is dazzling. Topped off with a hand built Trillium Murrini, Virginia has created a true signature piece unique to her … Continue reading

  • handblown crown paperweight

    Filigree Ribbon Veil Paperweights with Core and Portrait Murrini

    Filigree Ribbon Core Crown Paperweights with Hand built Murrini Topper Filigree Ribbon Core Crown Paperweights with a Hand built Murrini in the Centre comprise our new Mortimer the Mutant Frog Lifecycle series of Paperweights. These paperweights combine the best Ribbon … Continue reading

  • Large and Small Ribbon Stardust Eggs

    Filigree and Ribbon Stardust Glass Eggs

    The Stardust Eggs are created using coloured “Dichroic Glass“. We enhance its reflective qualities to exhibit more colour and sparkle. It is then combined with various styles of ribbon cane, latticino or other exotic complex canes. These pieces are truly unique and the end result is dazzling. These are truly signature pieces unique to Virginias‘ and Tonys‘ style. … Continue reading

  • Wood Nymphs meet Mortimer the Mutant Tadpoles Paperweight

    Millifiore Paperweights

    Our Millifiore Paperweights are a recent addition to our paperweight line up. They are composed of hand built and mold made Murrinis. All of the hand built Murrinis are painstakingly made by Virginia at her torch. They are then laid on a colored mixed background and encased with crystal. All of these paperweights are ‘one-off’ or ‘prototypes‘ at this time. Prices are … Continue reading

  • Multi Color Ribbon Glass Egg

    Ribbon Glass Egg

    This minature egg radiates many brilliant colors and is a must have for any collection. Prices are $USD. Multi Color Black Edge Ribbon Glass Egg This miniature egg oozes brilliant colors and is a must have for any collection. Size: 3″ H … Continue reading