glass throughout history

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Around 2000 years ago the Romans started casting slabs of flat glass which were first used in Herculaneum for windows in the houses of the wealthy. The glass wasn’t polished, that came much later, so it had a poor optical quality but it kept out the weather and let in the light. The example below, about 40cm long, is dated between 1 – 70 AD and can be seen in the British Museum.



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Richard Paton has over 20 years experience working with glass. When he is not creating works of art in glass, he teaches glass-making classes in the various techniques, passing on his tips, tricks and considerable knowledge to others.

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