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Natural glass has been around since the beginnings of time. Early on, historians believe cavemen used obsidian tools and tektites for cutting. Glass was officially created by Phoenician sailors. Ancient-Roman historian Pliny (AD 23-79) suggests shipwrecked sailors built fires on the beach to cook food. With extended heat, the sand would melt creating a hard glass. Potters from Egypt and Mesopotamia used this technique to build vases. The earliest fragments of these glass vases come from the 16th century Mesopotamia. Egypt also developed hollow glass technology during this time.
Glass was initially used for practical applications like bowls to hold things. With few people with the knowledge to make glass, only the highest rulers had it. Middle Eastern and Egyptian dynasties subsequently created mosaics out of glass. Rods of colored glass were fused together to create patterns. The larger rod would then be heated and pulled out. Then it could be sliced and turned into a mosaic.
Romans spread many of their glass making skills through trade relations, road building, and more. Roman glass spread through France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Historians have found Roman glass even as far as China. Romans were the first to use glass for architectural purposes. They discovered clear glass in Alexandria. These became prominent in Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Hellenistic and Other Glass Making in Greece
In the second century AD, glass making made it to parts of the Middle East and other major trade centers like Greece. The Greeks produced glassware on a pipe and turned it into a fine art. Some of the pieces dug up in Greece exceed glass we see even today. The shape and variety evolved to meet more everyday needs. Drinking glasses and wine bottles became common in the fourth century.
Hellenistic glass was produced during the Hellenistic period from Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) all the way to the Roman Empire (as late as 476 AD). During this time, glass making transitioned from luxury art for the rich to affordable mass production. Core formed glass was one of the most notable. These pieces were small and used for things like perfumes and cosmetics.
In the second half of the third century BC, artists created mosaic glass. This was mostly limited to broad plates and shallow dishes with a “lacework” design. New monochrome glass vessels with ribbing and other designs were introduced in the 1st century BC. These glass pieces were mould pressed with external ribbing. The luxury glass market was differentiated by its use of precious metals like gold and silver.
Glass Making and More in Europe
Glass making was virtually nonexistent in Europe during the dark ages. The Middle Ages focused on making stained glass windows for cathedrals and other gothic architecture. Most were used to depict Bible stories. Venice was in the process of becoming the center of the trade industry. The famous Venetian Glassmakers’ Guild was started in the early 1200’s. In 1291, they subsequently moved to Murano. It eliminated the fear of fires associated with the furnaces and allowed for greater control of the glassmaking industry. It took only an hour to paddle from Venice to Murano. As the industry was secretive, though, the glassblowers and their families didn’t leave the island.Today, Murano glass is still known around the world. It can be found in glasses, bowls, vases, and even jewelry. Any time you buy Murano glass now, you get a certificate of authenticity to differentiate between imitators and the real thing.
Venice maintained its prominence in glass. Other countries still added to the industry. Spain, France, Greece, and other European countries developed their own glass blowing industries. The Bohemian glass blowers used diamond point engraving. They also invented a clear glass made primarily with chalk.
Jump into the Future with Blown Glass Chandeliers
Glassblowing has come a long way. Museums and features across the country have colorful and dramatic glass blown chandeliers. These aren’t meant solely for professional display. Home and business owners across the country are also expanding their options. You can find chandeliers with traditional designs and those that are more imaginative.
Some use traditional glassblowing techniques. Many integrate materials like silica sand, lead, and ash. These materials can change the color and consistency of the glass. It can also create a range of effects for more possibilities. Each production is unique. For a blown glass chandelier, you need professionals who have mastered blown glass. A crystal blower will first gather molten crystals at the end of a blowpipe. Then they can begin to shape the blown glass chandelier. Professionals make a channel down the middle for an electrical wire. Then two glass workers can shape or twist molten glass into rope-like form. This process is delicate. So you need experienced professionals who know how to work together. The crystal has to be stretched exactly the right way after which they can snip both ends. Then molten crystal is placed into a press to design the bottom. Pliers are used to lengthen the ends into the desired shape.
When you buy from the Blown Glass Collective, every part is handmade and manually assembled. It’s designed to last and provide a unique feel for your home or business.
Why Should You Purchase a Chandelier from Blown Glass Collective?
Blown Glass Collective offers a unique opportunity to improve your aesthetic. You can choose from a range of colors, shapes, and designs. Some have more color or sparkle. Others are more modest. Whatever you choose from Blown Glass Collective, there are a few things you might notice.
- Blown Glass Collective Chandeliers Are Hand-Crafted
Our unique chandeliers cannot be manufactured by machinery. Every piece has to be carefully designed and shaped. Craftsmen cut and shape each piece. This ensures ideal light refraction and amazing designs.
- Blown Glass Collective Chandeliers Are Full of History
Blown glass chandeliers are a product of centuries of innovation and design. Glassblowing is an ancient art that has evolved from its original crude form to an advanced art. With blown glass, you can make any number of visions a reality. Professionals have experimented with different materials and techniques. This is how we achieve the range of designs we see now.
- Blown Glass Collective Chandeliers Are Timeless
The chandelier goes back to the 16th century. Some designs can appear overly dated. You can find a chandelier that fits into your home. Our designs are timeless. So you might redesign your home, but your chandelier will stay relevant. You can find a chandelier to fit any room you want to decorate.
- Expect Quality with Blown Glass Collective Chandeliers
Whenever you choose a new piece for your home, you should always look for quality designs. It’s not just about the way it looks. Chandeliers have to be carefully molded and cooled. With the right materials, you can also expect a chandelier that will last.
Explore Your Options with Blown Glass Collective
If you’ve looked at chandeliers lately, you know the industry has changed. You can say goodbye to the traditional crystal or clear glass designs. Say hello to more expressive designs that fit your personality and needs. Our chandeliers allow buyers to express themselves with a conversation piece in any room. We offer designs many people are used to only seeing in museums and other specialized exhibits. You can have these in your home or office.
If you’re looking for a new chandelier to compliment your home, you don’t have to wait. Just give us a call or shop our selection online to find the perfect chandelier for your needs.