History of Glass

Glass Throughout History

The very first glass known to stone age people which was used for making weapons and decortaive objects, was obsidian, black volcanic glass. The earliest known man made glass are date back to around 3500BC, with finds in Egypt and Eastern Mesopotamia. Discovery of glassblowing around 1st century BC was a major breakthrough in glass making.

Glass Making History

The history of glassmaking can be traced back to 3000 BCE in Mesopotamia. Glass appears to have been produced as far back as 1500 BC by the Egyptians and perhaps the Phoenicians. Glass uses and manufacturing developments have gone through an interesting evolution throughout human history, influenced by many cultures including those in Africa, China and Europe.

Stained Glass History

The beginning of stained glass windows dates back in ancient times. Both the Egyptians and the Romans manufactured small colored glass objects. Stained glass became art form sometime in the fourth century when Christian began to build elaborate churches to celebrate their religion.

Glass Blowing History

Glassblowing was invented during the 1st century BC by the glassmakers of Syria. This revolutionary technique made glass production easier and quickly. As it became well known, different cultures, religious, and regions adapted it for unique purposes and glass blowing quickly became a favorite glass made method.

Glass Timeline

The earliest known manmade glass is in the form of Egyptian beads and date back to 3100 BC. The first glass was produced probably in Egypt in 1500BC. Technique of glass blowing was introduced in the Babylon area in 1AD.