Brief Glass History

While no precise date is known, it is though the people of the eastern Mediterranean Mesopotamia and Egypt made glass around 2000 BC. The ancient Egyptians and Romans made beautiful glass objects. The earliest glass vase I saw was in the museum in Knossos in Create. The Minoans who flourished around 1500 b c made that.

Modern scholarship has suggested Egypt as the country of origin of man-made glass. The Pharaoh Thotmes 1370 BC established a glass industry on a considerable scale.
At the ancient site of Pompeii remarkable mouth blown glass vessels were uncovered, but it was through the Romans, whose vast empire, spreading to the Scottish borders, where glass came into popular use.

The ancient Irish monks were master glass artisans; their work can be seen on the enamelled glass studs on the Ardagh Chalice from the eight century, in the National Museum of Ireland.

It was in the 12th century when the large gothic cathedrals were being built, that stained glass became widely used all through Europe.

One of the most important developments in stained glass was in America; this was attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany born 1848.
Up to this time, all images were painted on glass with glass paints. However, Tiffany made the glass to look like the image required. He also invented a new method of joining glass called copper foiling. You can see this on the different type of Tiffany lamps that are about today.