5000 Years of Glass (Paperback)

Hugh Tait


First published in 1991, this book traces the history of glassmaking from its origins in Western Asia some 5000 years ago, through the invention of glassblowing around the first century BC, to the introduction of mechanised processes and new styles in the 19th and 20th centuries. It highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the extraordinary achievements of the Roman Empire, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice and the wide-ranging experiments of modern Europe and America. A special feature of the book is the series of photographic sequences specially taken in the studio of a modern glassmaker as he reconstructs ancient techniques. With an all new final chapter by John P. Smith, Editor of "The Glass Circle" journal, to bring the book right up to date with the latest developments, "5000 Years of Glass" is still the definitive single-volume general history of this most versatile art form.

Product Details

  • Product code: ACXJZ
  • ISBN: 9780714150956
  • Publisher: British Museum Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 27.5cm x 21.9cm
  • Pages: 272
  • Publish date: Mon Oct 31 00:00:00 GMT 2011


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