The History of Glass Blowing


While working with glass in other methods has been around longer glass blowing is still an ancient practice. Evidence of glass blowing has been found in excavations dating back to the beginning of the Roman Empire in the 1st century B.C., with the first glass blowing shops having been set up by the Phoenicians. The spread of the Empire helped to spread this glass working technique.

Throughout history, glass blowers have been highly valued and sought after. The knowledge and techniques of this craft once were considered secret. Apprentices studied under master craftsmen to learn this skill. There have even been societies that held their glass blowers captive so that the knowledge would not be leaked to others. Early glass objects were more functional than artistic. Vases, pitchers, bottles and small things of this nature.


As time progressed glass works became more artistic adding color as well as gold and silver inlays. Glassware remained for the wealthy until more recent times, a major turning point being in the 17th century when the first book about glass blowing was published. Until the late 1800’s glass blowing had been mostly about function and decoration, it’s at this time that it can be seen to begin to become art. It was at this time that Louis Comfort Tiffany working with glass houses became famous for creating art pieces using stained and blown glass.
The next big thing for glass blowing came in the 1960’s when people began working in their own studios creating blown glass art. This was known as the studio glass movement. This gave rise to people experimenting with technique. Many people in our times are enthralled with blown glass crafts whether it be creating of buying, for use as functional art or decorative art.

There are pieces now that are mass produced that sell for practically pennies. A simple search online will provide you with everything from bongs, to figurines, to chandeliers, and anything in between. You will also find many objects that are not mass produced and these can be very expensive and geared toward today’s wealthy. If you are thinking where to find cheap bongs online visit Bongs and pipes have become popular examples of functional objects than many people purchase. At times they are used to smoke with, but they have also become strictly art pieces as well. With so many people interested the future of glass art appears brighter than ever.