First Artists of Glass

First Artists of Glass

The glass is a material born of magic; Or do not you think it’s magic to melt sand and get the glass? As an artistic manifestation, it has adopted two paths. One to form containers, bottles, figures, plates, glasses, cups and, in general, an object of some fixed structure; and the other to create the wonderful world of stained glass-like bongs, pipes, dab rigs, dab tools, carb caps, and pendants. Unlike what is commonly believed, the two types of art are rarely made by the same person.

That artist dedicated to making figures that we will know as a glassmaker is not devoted to making stained glass. Even the two arts are not practiced in the same geographical location. Glass artists are located close to the woods, from where they obtain raw materials, while the vitraleros artists have to be necessarily near the buildings for those who are going to make the stained glass windows. It’s like the difference between the easel painter and the muralist. If this division is clear and natural in history, we will also consider it this way in this chapter. Let’s start with the oldest, those with the longest tradition … the glass artists!