There are different theories as to who first discovered the art of blowing glass.
In the beginning of time glass itself was made by Mother Nature. If you’ve ever been to the beach and wandered onto a piece of beach glass, it was most probably made by a lightning strike in the sand. The glass is created with intense heat and sand. Volcanic eruptions and meteor strikes were also responsible for the making of glass. The art of blowing glass started more during the Roman empire. Romans used clay to build shapes and covered it with glass. Once the glass was completely cooled they would dig out the clay and leave just the glass item. Glass blowing began as they experimented with the glass. The Romans were constantly looking for ways to add to the art.
Egyptian and Middle Eastern glass blowers also were learning this art and they were developing the enameling of objects with glass. Many tiles that were enameled with glass remain in prestine condition even today. Color was also being experimented with by glass blowers where they would add silver, gold, and iron. During the middle ages and after trading with the Middle East, Italy picked up the art of glass blowing. The Italian government was so protective of this art they shipped their artists to the island of Murano and forbid them from leaving. The government knew that the information these artists possesed was invaluable. The development of clear glass blowing and the use of very brilliant colors keeps Murano glass on the top of collectors lists to this day.
Through the Renaissance period, glass blowing, diamond engraving, and leaded glass started to move into Europe and Asia. In later years glass artist Emile Galle introduced the Art Nouveau style at the 1878 Paris Exhibition. His work was admired and in turn it inspired a man by the name of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Louis began to develop and design glass pieces for the well known name even today, Tiffany Jewelers.
In the United States in the 1950’s the studio glass art movement started to sprout up. Harvey Littleton was a teacher at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and he had a yearn to learn more and more about the art. After much work and experimentation he ended up teaching some of the pivotal players in the studio glass movement. The studio glass movement helped to bring functionality into the shapes glass blowers were making.
On the Pacific Northwest glass blowing is still as popular an art form as it was decades ago. Hand-crafted glass bongs and bong accessories are among the most highly-demanded glass blown devices nowadays. You can choose a high quality glass bong online and get it delivered within a few days.