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The History of Blown Glass

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The History of Blown Glass

Glassblowing refers to the process of inflating molten glass into a bubble that can then be transformed into glassware for practical or artistic purposes. It is an art that has been practiced for over 2000 years and can be produced through either free-blowing or mould-blowing techniques.

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Glass blowing  originated along the Syro-Palestinan coast in the 1st century BC, but later expanded and began to dominant due to the establishment of the Roman Empire.

By the middle ages, Venice became one of the primary producers of glass blown products, specialising in clear, fine glassware that was produced via the mould-blowing technique.

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Due to the growing popularity of glass, various innovations were introduced that transformed its production and availability. In the 1820's a process of mechanically pressing hot glass was patented, and by 1903 the first automatic bottle blowing machine was introduced. Glass blowing is a timeless craft, that is still practiced and admired today. 

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