Garden Gala

June is the month of roses. Whether it is a traditional red rose, a pink rose, or yellow rose, each color holds a certain sentiment.

  • Red rose: “I love you,” beauty, respect, congratulations
  • Pink rose: appreciation, happiness, sympathy
  • Yellow rose: joy, gladness, friendship
  • Orange rose: enthusiasm, passion
  • Lavender rose: love at first sight
  • Blue rose: achieving the impossible

What better way to celebrate this month’s official flower than with roses that will last forever?

Everlasting Red Murano Glass Rose

For nearly 30 years, Francesco and Roberta have been masterfully handcrafting delightful glass sculptures on Venice’s famed isle of Murano, such as these everlasting red roses. To create each “forever flower,” this husband and wife team lampworks each petal, one at a time, then adds a silk stem adorned with glass leaves.

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Capodimonte Porcelain Pink Rose With Bud

Capodimonte porcelain is the finest of Italian artistic pottery, with a history beginning in Naples in 1738. In that year, with clays of pure white color and the finest grain brought in from Calabria, artists created highly detailed objects rivaling the best of other European courts. Almost 300 years later, each piece is still meticulously handcrafted, uno alla volta, with detail that brings each flower to life.

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Eternal Rose Wreath

This vibrant rose wreath is hand-assembled on a natural twig base in Baja California, Mexico. Each is composed of eucalyptus, green caspia, green and lavender sudan grass, pink and mauve larkspur, fuchsia, red and yellow sinuata, silk green and pink hydrangea, and burgundy, light and dark pink and purple silk roses.

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Hand-Gilded Rose Champagne Glass

In a third-generation workshop in Verona, Italy, Amedeo and his two sons, Valentino and Roberto transform ordinary glass into works of art with this rose champagne glass. Each design begins as a sketch placed within the glass to be used as a guide. They draw the design freehand on the surface of the glass with stucco, and then carefully apply a layer of silver before adding the translucent color.

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Summer Solstice

The summer solstice is upon us, and it’s time for us to enjoy the longest day of the year. After a long winter on the East Coast, we can’t wait to brighten up your day with these sunny looks!

Hana’s “Darling Daisies” Necklace and Earrings

Our Georgia artisan takes inspiration from nature and the traditional Bohemian style of glassmaking to design this fresh and feminine “Darling Daisies” necklace. Once the design is complete, she collaborates with her partner artisans in the Czech Republic to bring her artistic vision to life. Each lightweight, memory wire piece is adorned with glass in this darling daisy pattern.

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Smadar’s Crocheted “Pearl” Necklace

Smadar of Israel is a talented young jewelry designer who is inspired by her international travels to create masterpieces such as this crocheted “pearl” necklace. She creates this unique necklace uno alla volta, crocheting the piece by hand of the finest 14k gold-filled wire and Swarovski crystal “pearls.”

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Alessandra And Elisabetta’s Floral Three-In-One Florentine Handbag

With our friends Alessandra and Elisabetta of Florence, we’ve created this three-in-one, versatile handbag. Our ever-popular fold-over clutch shape, in rich suede, with one side printed with elaborate florals, can be dressed up or down. Wear as a clutch or wristlet for a night on the town, or add the crossbody strap for comfortable wear with your favorite jeans and t-shirt.

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Yellow Torsade Necklace

In his Castello studio, just a short walk from Venice’s famed St. Mark’s Square, our friend Giulio continues the lampwork tradition of his grandmother. Each of the beads in this exquisite torsade necklace is handcrafted one at a time over a small flame, from the stunning millefiori and round beads shimmering with gold leaf to the thousands of tiny hand-strung seed beads.

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Celebrate the summer solstice with our summer specials!

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Celebrating Father’s Day – Virginia

My 90+ year-old father is a quiet man, most often found behind a book, who tended to teach more through actions than words.  One of the greatest lessons he imparted was his love and respect of animals. My father taught me that it’s not just about the human connection; a connection between humans and animals can be just as strong….and at times we may even prefer our animal friends to our human ones!

– Virginia, Circulation Manager

Amedeo’s Ocean Glasses

After graduating from art school, our artisan Amedeo founded his glass workshop in Verona, Italy. From the time his sons Valentino and Roberto were old enough to hold a paintbrush, they have worked alongside their father, becoming expert craftsmen and artisans in their own rights. Today, the three transform ordinary glass into luminous works of art, one at a time.

Each silver-leafed sealife wine glass of Verona is masterfully handcrafted in a third-generation workshop where he and his sons transform ordinary glass into works of art. After applying a stucco design to the wine glass, a layer of color and silver leaf is added by hand to create each piece. Once completely dry, they are hand-polished to a gleaming luster reminiscent of the sea.

Hand-Gilded Seahorse Wine Glass

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Hand-Gilded Turtle Wine Glass

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Hand-Gilded Red Fish Wine Glass

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Hand-Gilded Dolphin Wine Glass

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Hand-Gilded Anchor Wine Glass

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Hand-Gilded Mermaid Wine Glass

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Hand-Gilded Sealife Glass Vase

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Watch below as Amedeo and his sons handcraft the vase in this collection

 

To see all of Amedeo’s glasses, visit his artisan page.

Fill Amedeo’s beachy glasses with this wine spritzer recipe courtesy of Bbritnell.com.

Fruity Wine Spritzer

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup club soda or plain sparkling water
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Fresh fruit of your choice (optional)

Directions:

  • Put some ice in a glass
  • Add in equal parts of club soda and white wine
  • Squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass
  • Stir and garnish with fruit
  • Enjoy!

 

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Celebrating Father’s Day – Anna

At seventeen years old, I made the announcement that all hardworking, suburban parents dread hearing: I was going to move to New York to go to art school. While this may have seemed like a flighty pipe dream at face value, I was too young and starry-eyed to choose a sturdier, straighter path for myself. I was told throughout the years by everyone from strangers to family members that there was no money in the arts, and especially no money in my passion of memoir writing.

As it turned out, my college experience was the most enchanted period of my life. While my friends were stuck in classes like “Accounting 101” and “Nineteenth Century British Literature” at other schools, I was soaking up courses like “Riot Grrrls And Radical Women” and “The Art Of The Novella.” In such a small school, I had professors who took the time to know and mentor me personally, no doubt ensuring I would grow to be the writer I am today.

Although post-graduate life was an unsure and turbulent time filled with temp jobs and retail work, I finally found a career in writing at Uno two years after graduation. In this job, I have been given opportunities to travel the country and the world, writing about my experiences, the kindhearted artisans I’ve met, and all of our products, many of which I have watched come to life through every step of their creation. Through many missteps and happy accidents, I found a career doing what I love in a steady job.

This Father’s Day, I want to thank my dad for supporting all my dreams mentally, emotionally, and financially. It was the greatest kindness I have ever been extended.

-Anna, Assistant Marketing Manager- Content

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Celebrating Father’s Day – Carrie

As the youngest of four children, I have always been daddy’s little girl – so much so that my siblings (and even my mom) nicknamed me “the secret weapon.” They were convinced that whenever they wanted something, all they had to do was get me to ask my dad and he would instantly say yes. From bringing home candy to buying us pug puppies, that actually proved to be the truth!

I have always looked up to my father for his unparalleled intelligence, witty humor, verbose vocabulary, and his sage advice. Growing up, I was so inspired by my father’s love of all things French. One day I decided that I wanted him to teach me French too, and from that day forward his unwavering support led to frequent trips to Quebec, moving to France, and many, many croissants. I bet he never could have imagined as a high schooler in his French class that one day he would have a daughter who would live in Paris!

I am so lucky to have two incredibly loving and supportive parents who will always encourage me to follow my heart, wherever that leads me (even if that’s back to Paris, sorry Mom!)

Papa, je t’aime, merci pour tout que tu fais pour moi toujours.

Bisous,

Carrie, Marketing & Public Relations Assistant

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I was lucky enough to have my dad come to every single Girl Scout Father-Daughter Dance growing up…and a mom to scrapbook every memory!

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Fast forward 10 years to when my parents came to visit me in Paris – here, we are at the famous Bastille!

An Uno Alla Volta Inside Look: Best Friends Day

MM1Being an employee at Uno Alla Volta is more than just a standard 9 to 5 desk job.  Our una grande famiglia spans across the entire company,  including our artisans, our customers, and our employees. Our product developers, Minetta and Marina, are the perfect example of co-workers turned family.

Back in 2011, Marina came on board to Uno Alla Volta as an intern for our product development team. “After talking to Marina and watching her work, I took her under my wing,” Minetta says, smiling while reminiscing on how they met. While teaching Marina the ropes, the two prospered, producing not only a strong co-working  dynamic, but two very best friends.

Today, Marina is our primary home and accessories product developer, while Minetta hones in oMM2n jewelry, resulting in a team that puts a fun twist on executing everyday tasks. The two combine their unique senses of style in order to bring variety to our customers. A great example of this is our Sparkling Teal Bucket Bag, which was designed with influences from Minetta’s bright, bold, shimmering style. When the two partner to develop jewelry pieces inspired by Marina’s sense of style, it’s almost the complete opposite, as they incorporate her signature neutral and earthy tones. Despite their differences in style, the two always keep communication fluid, resulting in great teamwork.

MM3With such a strong mutual understanding of each other, Minetta and Marina have traveled together on several product development trips from Italy to Las Vegas, meeting a variety of artisans and building close relationships with them while strengthening their own friendship. Together, they work efficiently and diligently, with laughter and smiles on their faces, to ensure our fashionable products appeal to a variety of tastes.

How many companies can say that they have two co-workers who not only like each other, but love each other like best friends? Uno Alla Volta sure can!

 

Uno Alla Volta wishes you a happy Best Friend’s Day. May it be well spent with your closest friends!

Celebrating Father’s Day – Lorraine

Growing up as a little girl, there was never anyone bigger or stronger than my dad. I remember feeling so small in his presence, I always felt such a strong sense of protection from him, like nothing could ever hurt me as long as he was there, surely I loved being ‘daddy’s little girl’.

As I grew older, he supported me in different ways. He always encouraged me to try new things, instilled a strong work ethic through his own example, encouraged me to be independent, always told me I could achieve anything I set my mind to, and even as a young child, he never shielded me from the (sometimes cold) realities of the real world, something to this day I am so very grateful for.

It was his loving but realistic approach to being a father that so prepared me for the times he wasn’t there, like when I moved to NYC for college at the age of 18 (being in my 30’s, I now understand his concern), or traveled internationally for my first study abroad experience, I always carried with me the life lessons he had shared with me all of those years ago.

As much as I have always loved, cared for and appreciated my father, it is amazing how much this continues to grow with my age. I have had the luxury of seeing him be a grandfather to my nephew and two nieces, and it makes me so excited to know there are still so many things we will share. His example has allowed me to know the type of man I want in a husband and father to my future children, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be his daughter.

Wishing my dad Raymond, and all of the wonderful father’s out there a very Happy Father’s Day!

-Lorraine, Digital Marketing Manager

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Celebrating Liberty

What is liberty if not the freedom to reach for the best within each of us?

What greater blessing can there be in life than appreciating the privilege to assist in some small way in creating the opportunities for others to become the best they can be?

We have such deep respect for each of the artisans with whom we collaborate. It is such an honor to facilitate their work.

Uno Alla Volta celebrates the “little guy” (or more often “little gal”). So many of our artisans are right here in the U.S. of A. Every day, they are finding fulfillment and sustenance with the work of their hands.

Know that you, my friends, are bringing about these blessings, one purchase at a time.

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Terri S. Alpert

Founder & CEO

T.Alpert@unoallavolta.com

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Dine On The Amalfi Coast

 

Dive into the waves of the Amalfi Coast with this sailboat dining set. Regardless of whether or not you are lucky enough to visit this Italian coast, this set gives you a taste of the beauty and culture.

Famed Italian artisan Alessandro Taddei works with the Fortini family to handcraft his sailboats of Amalfi plate and mug set, one at a time. He brings the colors and emotions of Amalfi to life on a canvas of terracotta, which is hand-glazed just outside the city of Florence.

 

Alessandro’s Sailboats Of Amalfi Plate Set

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Alessandro’s Sailboats Of Amalfi Mug Set

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To get a slice of Italy this summer, try this quick Italian Caprese appetizer recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com perfect for being served on this Almalfi Coast set!

Caprese Appetizer

Ingredients:

  • 20 grape tomatoes
  • 10 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 20 toothpicks

Directions:

Toss tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, basil, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until well coated. Skewer one tomato and one piece of mozzarella cheese on each toothpick.

 

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