A Short History

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"A concise history of glassmaking around the world, from Mesopotamia to the present day"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781588343246
Branch Call Number: 748.09 WHI
Characteristics: 128 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 26 cm


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Jul 02, 2012

Glass: a Short History by David Whitehouse. First of all lets make sure you know what this book ISN’T about: it isn’t about the manufacture of flat glass, and this includes stained glass, window pane glass and mirrors. Nor is it about modern industrial glass production .And while it does include a brief summary of the history of glass and glassmaking.
However what this book IS about is glass as artistry. It is about glass making through history. It is about the wondrous glass vessels (cristallo), the goblets and beakers, the cameo glass and the enameled glass beakers produced in so many parts of the world. Because glass making was such a difficult craft, objects created of it were extremely expensive and usually affordable only by the titled or the wealthy. As a result, the products often rivaled the products of the goldsmith in craftsmanship and in value.
This book isn’t very big, only about 120 pages but the illustrations of the glassmakers craft are sumptuous: nary a page goes by without full colour illustrations.

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