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The Art Of Glass

Updated on March 24, 2015

The Heart Of Glass

Lalique, Swarovski, Tiffany, Waterford, Baccarat, and Murano have made their mark in history with their art of glass. The beauty of glass inspires art, and this site was designed to be a source of reference and information pertaining to how it is made and with examples of each type.

The amber glass vase holding my home grown poppy was made at Hale Farm and Village by glass artisan John Boyett. You can find more of his work at  The Akron Glass Works Hot Glass Studio

The Glass Money Bead

The art of glass is part of the history of money . . .

According to GlassOnLine, glass has been around since the beginning of time with the first man made glass objects being non-transparent glass beads.

For most of their history, glass beads were more than a craft, more than an art. They were equivalent to money, and were traded.   Glass bead work was also an art form that warded off evil. The technique used to make the evil eye talisman bead is at least 3000 years old, and still in practice today.

The bead displayed to the right is an example of a very old glass evil eye money bead from Marrakesh. The design work runs throughout the inside and outside of the glass. The value of the 'evil eye' bead was its 'eye' design to ward off evil.

'Bay O' Glass Beads - It's The Little Things . . .

Many of today's artists who love working with glass have neither the space nor means to work in a large furnace environment. However, with a little space around the house it is amazing how glass work can be accomplished on the small scale.

Below are a few examples of one of a kind glass art glass beads. The details are impressive, and the small scale art is functional as wearable art, as well as displayable art. The small size also makes for easy shipping and handling.

Blown Away . . . - The Fine Art Of Blown Artist Glass

An artist's details on a grand scale tend to leave one breathless. Some glass masters start with a drawing, others just start with a vision. Whichever method is preferred, the glass and the artist meld in the design process with results that are often unique and amazing.

Large scale glass makes a statement. There is nothing like the sparkle of a glass plate adorning a wall. One cannot help but look up to the prisms of light reflecting from a crystal and glass chandelier suspended from mid air. And I've yet to see anyone who is not tempted by food caressed by the glass bowl or plate that sets like a jewel on a table.

Below are a few examples of the magic of blown glass.

Stained Glass

When one thinks of stained glass, usually one is reminded of a church window. Artists such as Tiffany not only utilized the medium for windows, but lamps and art, as well. The beauty of stained glass is the art of painting with glass. Below are unique examples of stained glass items available on eBay.

I Bet You Didn't Know

There is more than one way to paint a glass . . .

The Other Painted Glass

Some artists use glass as subjects for their canvas, others use glass as their canvas. Below are a few examples of the fine art of hand painted glass.

Lead Crystal - Glass With Class

Lead crystal is actually lead glass cut by machine or glass to a refined finish. The most notable artisans specializing in lead crystal products were Steuben, Waterford, Swarovski (who invented a lead glass cutting machine), Bacarrat, and others. Below are a few examples of the finest.


1862 Daniel Swarovski invented the machine that cut leaded glass.  The Swarovski Crystal Company is still creating breathtaking works of art.  

Daniel Swarovski
Daniel Swarovski

The beauty of Swarovski Crystal is respected world wide as a premium glass. This book provides more information on the man who made the machine to cut glass and enhanced the art of glass.


If you are an art glass enthusiast, your comments, information, and links are welcome here. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit The Art Of Glass.

© 2007 Tonie Cook

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    • AnaGajic LM profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens:)

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      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      Excellent page! We used to do stained glass and exhibit at art fairs. (Years ago)

    • jadehorseshoe profile image


      8 years ago

      ANOTHER Useful Lens!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      8 years ago

      I didn't know so much could be done with glass. Thank you for this introduction to the Art of Glass.

    • bechand profile image


      8 years ago

      I love artistic glass - there are so many nice kinds ...

    • RetroMom profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens. Beautiful.

    • kathysart profile image


      9 years ago

      I've done glass carving but never leaded glass nor beads... Hummm I want to now! Thanks, Kathy

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      Sheryl Polomka 

      9 years ago

      There are some really beautiful creations with glass - just amazing!

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      9 years ago from Iowa

      I love art glass. We have a large studio nearby which produces everything from intricate windows to Chihuly style art glass. This is an excellent lens. Nicely done.

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      9 years ago

      Informative, well researched lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      9 years ago

      Informative, well researched lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • norma-holt profile image


      9 years ago

      Wonderful - I love Glass Art *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Art Supplies

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      9 years ago

      The most fascinating wide ranging article on glass i have seen ,keep up the good work ,

      i will keep an eye out for more ,thanks,tim.

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      10 years ago

      I love watching glass blowers...fab lens! Have a great weekend and thanks for popping into my Depression Glass lens...I appreciate it!

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      10 years ago

      I didn't know that glass beads were used as currency way back in history! This lens is fascinating. Over the years I've seen TV shows where people are making vases etc. that start as a blob of melted glass on the end of a pole then watched it turn into a shape, then to a vase. Always thought it was amazing. Great info.

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      10 years ago

      I don't quite know why, but I have always been attracted to coloured glass. Your lens is great.Thanks for sharing.

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      oztoo lm 

      10 years ago

      An interesting lens on the beauty of glass art. Nicely done.

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      10 years ago

      Awesome work!

      Marking this as a favorite for sure, I'll be back!

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      Diana Grant 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love good glass - my father used to collect glass when I was young, so my interest grew from that. This is a very informative lens and I have lensrolled it to my own lens about Venetian Glass Beads and am five-starring it

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      Millertime LM 

      10 years ago

      I've always been fascinated by watching a craftsman work with molten glass. It's just amazing what they can do and the beauty they can create. Excellent lens. 5*

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      sukkran trichy 

      10 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      what a lovely informative lens. great work 5*

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      10 years ago

      I love all the crafts and especially hand blown glass. Great job here. ***** to you.

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      10 years ago

      Very lovely lens. It is amazing what can be done with glass. I love to collect glass fishing floats and “witch balls.” Lensrolling back to the Art of Copper Enameling.

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      10 years ago

      What a fantastic lens, I really love blown glass and leadlight. I found a few interesting things on here that I didn't know. You may like to take a look at my lens about Vintage Murano Glass

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      10 years ago

      A very information rich site - I learned a lot. I have always loved glass art and beads. Thanks for this wonderful lens! Five Stars and a fav.

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      10 years ago

      This is a magical lens! There's so much wonderful information here. It's a great resource, plus you've introduced me to some new artists whose work I didn't know before!

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      10 years ago

      What a pleasure you have here! I enjoy glass and crystal and am fascinated by glass blowing--have watched some PBS programs and just heard that Oulu Glass Co. in Oulu, WI allows people to come watch the blowing in the 4 weeks before Christmas--I have a hummingbird feeder made by them and it is my favorite (am excessive about humming bird feeders). I felt terrible last week when I broke a blown glass vase from Poland that my husband got just last year--we went antiqueing and found one he liked even more. I discovered you when you visited one of Tipi's lenses, we're sisters. I love your eyes!

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      10 years ago

      I also collect colored glass & have worked with it in art (the blurb below is from my sister, and we share some common interests). Great lens! 5 stars and favorited!

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      10 years ago

      I LOVE colored glass. I collect it and I used to paint miniatures on it. Your lens is a wonderful overview on all sorts of glass and crystal. 5*s!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens. Beautiful amber vase and beautiful poppy. Thank-you for all the info and tips.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens, five stars! I love all things glass and can appreciate the work that goes into these creations that mesmerize.

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      Tammy Winand 

      10 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      Now THIS is right up my alley! I am like a magpie for shiny colored glass esp. cobalt!

      I love ancient Roman glass and glass beads too!

      Nice lens! Faved

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      Janusz LM 

      10 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      10 years ago from Western Mass

      i love glass - as art, as food containers, as my cooking pots...

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      Kerri Bee 

      10 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I saw on the forum that you are going for 100 Club. The Giant Squid Greeters are kicking off a fun team challenge. You are hereby formally invited to join my team: Kab's Fab Squid Squad. I think you'd be a great addition to the Squid Squad. The deadline to join is May 1.

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      10 years ago from Croatia

      Beautiful! Blessings to you!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      11 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens on Art of Glass very much. My hubby has been a collector of glass for many years ranging from Victorian glass to Modern Studio glass. We visited the Victoria and Albert Museum (Glass Section) where we also saw a chandelier by the glass Artisan you mention here "Dale Chihuly". Amasing construction! Our favorite Art glass artists work today is, Dino Rosin "Studio Rosin" where he uses Calcedonia glass to form sculptures including musical instruments.

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      11 years ago

      Beautiful! ...thanks for visiting my Domino Pendant Lens...I appreciate it!

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      11 years ago

      Great creativity on this lens.

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      11 years ago

      What a beautiful lens and in depth research on glorious glass! I love watching glass blowing, and love working with (but NOT making) glass beads in my jewelry design.

      5* and my Faves. Thanks for visiting & voting for my lenses. :-)

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      11 years ago

      Excellent overview for Glass Art. May i share a topic? The Evil Eye Bead? The Reflections of an Ancient Anatolian Belief on Glass ? Visit my documentary site about it.

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      11 years ago

      this is beautiful! I LOVE glass art and beads

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      12 years ago from Royalton

      Fancy Nancy and The Frog Prince stopped by to check out your lens and love it so much that they are sending you a virtual cup of coffee to hang on your wall above your beautiful glass artwork.


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