Good Old Days
in Glassblowing
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Rev. 2002-12-06; 2003-01-08, 2004-05-21, 2005-03-20, 2007-04-20, 2008-04-27, 2009-06-21, 2011-02-03

A Bit of History

The purpose of this page is to provide some idea of what was involved in blowing glass before the modern small art studio idea took off in the 1960's. Using quotes from various books and reports of methods I have heard, the early colonial factories and more modern production shops are explored.

The most amazing thing, to me, is the large number of people needed to keep a glass factory going in the days before natural gas heated furnaces.

My links
Old Glass Miscellany The Window Light Workers Glass History
Making Tubes & Sheets Period Window Glass Factories for Glass
Glass Gaffers of New Jersey & Biblio Biblio - History Books
Glass As A Liquid Diderot's Encyclopedia-Glass
My 1911 & 1921 Encyclopedia Britannica Glass reproduction
Outside links
Blowing Cylinder Glass - Fremont Blowing Cylinder Glass - Lamberts Float Glass - Pilkington
Fremont demo on YouTube First of 3 Lambert on YouTube Clear Textured Glass
  A neat glass historic site in England  
Metropolitan Museum Roman Glass Timeline
Samuel Kurinsky - Glassmaking; A Judaic Tradition
Part I: The Biblical Period
Part II: The Common Era; The Roman Period
Part III: Flint Glass and the Jews of Genoa
Part IV: Introduction Into England
Part V: England Attains an Industry


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