Vases - A brief history

April 16, 2018

Vases - A brief history

The development of arts and culture is regarded as the tipping point of human evolution. In the olden times, painting, pottery, sculpture artwork or photography was mostly confined to homes.


Vases, either made of glass and crystal, are just the same; they offer space for placing anything in it for aesthetics and decor. Mankind has been working on different technologies for making vases and other decors since the dawn of history, with the earliest shreds of evidence more than 3000 years ago found in Mesopotamia.

The manufacturing techniques employed for making glass vases and crystal glasses, however, were only borrowed from the Romans. Vases became popular with the populace by then, with materials such as coloured crystal and clear glass lending them a splendid look.  Glassmakers stared developing more sophisticated techniques for making crystal and clear glass vases in addition to the basic core-form technique of wrapping molten glass around a sandbag that is tied to a rod. Improvements in the manufacturing techniques saw the creation of more beautiful and intricately designed crystal and glass vases that are gliding, enamelling and staining. This highly advanced Roman skill acquired is made use of in the world-famous Portland Vase, a vase made of violet-blue glass having seven white-glass cameo figures.

But unfortunately, just like any other body of knowledge, several manufacturing techniques for making glasses and crystal vases became a lost art during the Middle Ages. Thankfully, the art of glassmaking was thankfully preserved in the island of Munro, then in the Republic of Venice, which possesses rich reserves of pure silica sand. The glassmakers in Murano gradually learnt how to mix silica sand with soda ash to form a higher quality form of glass for creating vases and other decorative items. Murano later turned out to be a monopoly on vases and decor items made of crystal and glass. Some of the most influential glass artists internationally include sDale Patrick Chihuly, Murano-born Lino Tagliapietra and René Jules Lalique. Today, however, times have changed and the art of making glass and crystal vases is no more a closely guarded secret.

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