Discover the history of glassblowing and the modern artists who astound us today

History of glassblowing art

Learn the History of Glassblowing Art & How Artists Blow Us Away Today

How are a beautiful statue or a bowl of glass created? Glassblowing is used to accomplish this. As the name suggests, the procedure entails blowing while also employing heat to shape the substance. It’s a rather easy process that can result in amazing works of art that are either utilitarian, beautiful, or both.

Learn the History of Glassblowing Art & How Artists Blow Us Away Today

Since it was initially developed, glassblowing processes have largely not changed. Molten material, or glass that has the viscosity of molasses, is collected at the end of a hollow pipe in this process. After that, air is forced through the pipe, causing the malleable glass to burst into a bubble. The next step is shaping it through swinging, rolling, or blowing. Afterwards when, other components (such as handles or stems) are weld-attached to the glass to make it stable.

Glassblowing’s past


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Публикация от Karuncollection (@karuncollection)

Glass-working by humans dates back to the Paleolithic era (4000 BCE). Although men had not yet learned to blow glass, they did make use of the naturally occurring glass known as obsidian that was produced as a result of volcanic activity. The substance was solidified and utilized to create amulets, arrowheads, and implements. At this time, people also discovered how to make glass using sand, plant ash, and lime. Plant ash aided in the melting of the sand, and lime served as a stabiliser to keep the substance dry.

By 1500 BCE, people in Egypt and Mesopotamia were molding their own containers by fusing heated glass around dung and solid cores. The cores were taken out once the glass had cooled to show a hollow structure. At this period, glass tiles were also made in addition to bowls.

Roman blown glass receptacles for perfume

The Syrian people are to blame for the blowpipe’s creation. They developed the apparatus on which contemporary glassblowing is based around 300 BCE. The remainder of the Roman Empire adopted it and began experimenting with it by creating new shapes. The basic glass formula was also enhanced by the craftspeople to incorporate designs into the material and embellish it with metal inlay.


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Публикация от Traveling FromThe Heart♥️Laura (@travelingfromtheheart)

The best glassblowers were found in the Middle East, and their trade secrets were well protected. Nevertheless, during the Middle Ages, commerce between Europe and Asia made Italy, particularly Venice, the center of the glassblowing world. Around 1300 CE, the Italian government has ordered all of the glassblowers to move to Murano island. There, they created cristalo, a clear glass, and honed their technique. They also created fresh hues.

Leaving Murano was extremely dangerous for glass blowers because doing so was a capital offense. However, several managed to escape and spread their methods throughout Asia and Europe.


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Публикация от Andy McConnell (@decanterman)

Glassblowing was created and spread through Europe during the Renaissance. A textbook on the topic titled Arte Vetraria or The Art of Glass was available in the 17th century. In this period, more useful applications of glass, such window panes and glass bottles, started to appear.


We can trace the evolution of art and mass production to the Art Nouveau movement, which gained popularity at the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries. At this time, Louis Comfort Tiffany was creating stained glass, famous lamps, and other things.


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Публикация от LeAnn Stephenson (@thevintagelaundry)

The development of glass workshops and artists who worked autonomously of big companies to create their own artistic works can be seen around the middle of the 20th century. As a result, both new and improved processes and approaches for glassblowing have been developed.

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