It was in Mesopotamia in 3500BC that the first evidence of manmade glass was discovered but it wasn't until the early Bronze Age that humans first began to create manmade vessels.
glassmaking manual was discovered on the tablets from the library of
King Assurbanipal in 650BC.
hundred years later the ancient
glassmakers developed new techniques that allowed them to shape glass
produce vessels more effectively.
Glass became more commonly available across Europe with the spread of the Roman Empire.
During the Middle Ages Venice became the major centre for European glassmaking.
In the next 600 years there was a huge expansion in glassmaking as the discovery of a number of new techniques saw glassmaking become an industry.
the onset of the
synthetic chemicals were used for the first time which further cemented
glassmaking as a major industry.
One of the most important advances came about by chance in 1903 as the French artist and chemist Edouard Benedictus invented laminated glass as the result of a laboratory accident.
this period onwards
chemistry began to play a more prominent role as research and
advanced to such an extent that in 2012 a new type of paper thin,
glass was developed.
An infographic timeline showing the history of glass by Kingfisher Windows
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