What is Glass Blowing?

Glass blowing or glassblowing is the glass art form of inflating molten glass into a bubble (or parison) with the aid of a blowpipe. A person who blows glass is called a glass blower, glassmith, or gaffer.

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When Was Glass Blowing Invented?

This glassblowing technique is believed to have been invented in Syria during the 1st century BC somewhere along the Syro-Palestinian coast. The establishment of the Roman Empire provided motivation and dominance of glass production by this method, as glassware became more readily available for use in everyday tasks.

The Phoenicians set up glass workshops on the eastern borders of the empire, in present day Lebanon, Israel and Palestine; they also started producing glass in Cyprus. Meanwhile, glass blowers quickly moved across these borders into Egypt, where their technique was adapted to create Egyptian glass wares.

During the middle Ages glass began to be produced in Venice and glass workshops were established on the island of Murano. Here, glass blowers quickly became sought after by nobility and their glass items were very sought after for their clear glass appearance.


Is Glass Blowing Difficult?

Glassblowing is a fairly dangerous glass working technique. If mistakes are made, glass shards can be blown into the eyes of the glass blower causing severe injury. The glass used in glass blowing can emit fumes when heated to high temperatures which are carcinogenic. However, using appropriate safety gear, like aprons and gloves, and following safety protocols will minimize the risk of injury.

What Items Are Made Using Glass Blowing?

Glass blowing is used to make glass items such as glass bottles, glass vases, glass dishes and even glass sculptures.

Is Glass Blowing Still Used Today?

Glass blowing is still be used to make limited items like crystal glass (where clarity is important) and other very small decorative glass items. Glass blowing as an art form and hobby has also become popular in recent years.

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Elias Chahine

Elias Chahine

Elias Chahine is the director of Gusto Emergency Glass Replacement and has many years in the glass repair and construction industry

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