Glass making

Glass making

Glassblowing is a technique that has been around for centuries. One of the most popular methods of glass forming, glassblowing is done by using a blowpipe (a hollow iron tube) to inflate a small piece of molten glass. A glassblower is a professional who has mastered all of the tools and techniques required for proper glassblowing. The techniques may have been around since around 50 BC, but actual information available on what exactly a glassblower does is limited.

The history of glass is swathed in tales of mystery, secrecy and the quest for power. No one, of course, knows the first serendipitous event when fire and sand and just the right minerals combined to produce a viscous liquid that hardened into the fascinating and useful material that is essential to modern living - glass. However, every innovation has its own creation myth and the oldest and most oft repeated in glass history dates to Pliney, an
ancient Roman historian, who wrote that, around 5000 B.C., Phoenician merchants in the region of Syria used blocks of nitrate to hold their cooking pots. The heat from the fire melted the blocks which fused with the sand on the ground, forming a cloudy, thick liquid which the merchants found useful - becoming functional glass, if not yet art-glass.
    1. Glass making History
      The invention of glassblowing coincided with the establishment of the Roman Empire in the first...View
    1. Glass making Now
      Types of Glassblowing There are two types of common glassblowing. • Off-hand blowing uses...View