History of Hand Blowing Glass Art

Glass blowing is an ancient art of blowing air by a tube to inflate the molten glass. The conventional method of glass blowing requires an innovative, mind-blowing stamina, and laborious skills. The origin of hand-blown glass work dates back to 4 BC in the neighborhoods of Jerusalem where the waste products of glass were rumored to be recycled into glass tubes and rods. People, in history, have used different methodologies to discover and produce glass: such as the glazing of pottery or the accidental discovery on the sand spit by Phoenician sailors in 23 AD.

Transforming the art and craft into glass objects

According to the historical references, the glassblowers remained fearful of getting detained for their glass blowing skills leaking into the public someday. For instance, the Phoenician glassworkers were prohibited to travel across their homeland, due to their unique skillset. However it was in the 1st Century A.D. where Phoenician glassworkers somehow managed to escape and thus spread their special skills among the present day Switzerland, France, and Belgium.

Historical development periods of glassmaking across the globe

15th century BC: Hand blown glass vessels were pioneered in Egypt.

500 BC: The art of glass vase making started initiating on the lands of Italy in the roman republic.

1st Century AD: By then, Italy had become the largest hub of glass blowing arts, second being Germany.

Late 1200’s AD: Venetian glassmakers introduced the manufacturing of glass mirrors and crystal. For this, they were forbidden to leave the vicinity of the Island of Murano.

17th century AD: Antonio Neri wrote a book on the art of glass vase making, sharing the authentic glass blowing methods to the world.

Late 17th century: English glassblowers invented black glass which was used to produce storage vessels to prevent the decay of food.

1785 D: Benjamin Franklin introduced the innovative bifocal eyeglasses to correct the vision sightedness.

1900 AD: Tall and large glass vases became common to use in houses as jars, flower vases, and drinking glasses.

To date: The latest technology and advanced equipment are being invented to automatize the glass making production for uses in various aspects.