Gala Glass Giveaway

Gala Glass is a family business headed by Angelo Tiozzo: a glass artist born in Murano, Italy. They carry a huge selection of unique handmade glass figurines, glass jewelry, glass ornaments, blown glass lamps and accessories! Whether you're looking to impress with handmade jewelry, adding to your collection of fine crystal glass art or looking for great gift ideas for that special someone, you will find it at Gala Glass.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Angelo.
I was born in Murano, Italy (a small island close to Venice), known worldwide for its deep tradition in glassmaking.

My family was quite poor, so when I was eleven years old I started working in the famous Murano glass factories. That was over 50 years ago now and I'm still making handmade creations - and still really enjoying it!

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I really take great pleasure in spending time with my family. Whether it's around the dinner table, going for a walk or working with them (my wife and my two sons also work at Gala Glass).

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
As an artist, the biggest challenge is to create pieces that people are attracted to. What is popular one year may not be popular the next. Finding inspiration for new creations is always the biggest challenge.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I really like the wine stoppers. In the Italian culture, wine is a staple. The wine stoppers brings back memories of my culture and of my family back home in Italy.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I started working in the famous Murano glass factories when I was eleven and I always knew that this is what I would do. I always found the process of taking crystal rods and transforming them into something completely different and of such beauty, an amazing thing.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
There are many great glassmakers out there but I still really respect the work of Giorgio Bertolla, a good childhood friend and artist who still lives in Murano.

What does your future hold?
Today as in the future, I seek to find creations that appeal to people. I love what I do and always try to create the highest quality possible.

Go visit Gala Glass to see more of these amazing works of art. Every Tuesday, they showcase a "Creation of the Week" which they offer at a discount.

And now for the giveaway!

Gala Glass has kindly offered to ship one of my lovely readers one of their gorgeous wine stoppers, shipped to an address in North America. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post before noon Central Time on May 22, 2009. One entry per person. The winner will be selected at random. Click here for the fine print that goes along with any giveaway on this blog. I will notify the winner via e-mail and announce the outcome on the blog. You must include an e-mail address in your entry if there is not one listed in your linked profile. Failure to include a way to contact you via e-mail will disqualify you from the drawing. Just saying. Obscuring the e-mail address to hide from the bots is just fine (i.e. joe [ at ] email dot com). The prize will be chosen from a wine stopper in stock at the time of contact between the gifter (Gala Glass) and the winner.