THE BEAUTY OF GLASS

I’ve always been fascinated by the process of glass blowing.

"BlueBackwash" by Canlis Glass

Ever since I was a child, when my family first visited the famed Cornish Museum of Glass, I’ve been captivated by the experience.

I remember very little else about that trip. We lived in Toronto at the time, and I’m not at all sure how we ended up in New York State.

To my young mind, the glass museum was clearly the highlight of our trip.

Glass blowing is an ancient art, indeed, dating back to the 1st century BC. Its discovery, during the time of the Roman Empire, is believed to be purely accidental as so many discoveries are.

As the story goes, some sailors, while cooking a meal over a hot fire, were surprised to see that sand – buried beneath the hot coals – had melted into a liquid stream.

A stream that, when cooled and hardened, turned into the substance we know today as glass.

Of course, this is just a story, and no-one really knows for certain how glass first came into existence.

Nonetheless, glass making has been coveted throughout history. In more recent times it has become a popular medium for expression, akin to paintings and sculpture.

And like paintings, sculpture and other works of art, glass art typically has a story to tell.

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