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Artistic mirrors: the creative process

There are various phases in the making of an artistic mirror, that will be shown to participants. Planning/design: the designers create paper sketches of the mirror, then developed in detailed drawings on a scale of 1:1 to carve the wooden mirror base and outline the decorations. Cutting/grinding: using the drawings and wooden bases, the glass details are prepared by cutting them to size. The cut pieces are then processed by the grinder. Engraving: the master engraver chooses the layout of the decorations and engraves them using a lathe. Silver-plating/distressing: the glass - engraved or not – is transformed into a perfectly mirrored surface.

Venetian heritage

Ongaro e Fuga

Mirror making

Artistic mirrors: unique glass surfaces reflecting BeautyThe skilled hands of Ongaro e Fuga craftsmen can transform an idea into a unique artwork. In their workshop, unceasing creative gestures bring artistic mirrors to life: the paper drawing becomes a wooden creation, the glass takes form, the stone or diamond grinding wheels refine the edges and engrave thousands of decorations. The magic of silver-plating lets the glass surface reflect the beauty. The making of each Ongaro e Fuga mirror involves techniques that can require more than one hundred hours. The history of these celebrated art objects dates back to 1852, when Angelo Fuga created the first Venetian mirror. Ongaro e Fuga was established in 1954 by Franco Fuga and Tullia Ongaro: nowadays Giuliano, the talented founders' son, keeps the traditional techniques alive, while innovating also through to partnerships with international artists and designers.

Audio guide

Audio guide

A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.


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Address Calle del Cristo 8
30141, Murano

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Things to know

  •   Guest requirements

    Please stay informed about the latest Covid safety requirements in Venice and comply with any requests from the venues you visit, to ensure the safety of yourself and the participating artisans.

  •   When to arrive

    Make sure you arrive on time at each venue (although no more than ten minutes early), to make the most of your experience and the artisan’s time. Please call the venue ahead of time if you are likely to be late.

  •   Cancellation policy

    Please let us know if you wish to cancel your booking so that we may offer the opportunity to another visitor. Cancel or rebook directly on your account or via your confirmation or reminder email. If cancelling on the day of your event, kindly inform the venue by telephone.