Muriel Balensi is a French born and Venice based artist. She felt called to Murano and to work with glass. Glass is a source of inspiration, escape and discovery for her. She has created a particular style of bead making consisting of arabesques, calligraphy, micro worlds and aquariums of dreams. Muriel and her work are considered part of "The Art of Venetian Glass Beads", a practice that comes under the Immaterial Heritage classification granted by UNESCO in January 2021. Under this classification the knowledge , know how and the artisans who work in this way are recognized and protected by UNESCO.