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Glass is certainly one of the most exciting and impressive of all man's discoveries. Its origins, however, are shrouded in mystery, and expert still do not completely understand how it was first made. Nor is it known exactly where or when glass was discovered. A legend recorded by Pliny (Historia Naturalis, xxxxvi 191) tells of a chance discovery by some Phoenician sailors: they were lighting a fire on a beach when they noticed a vitreous material forming among the embers. Like most legends, this probably contains an element of truth for the basic component of glass is sand (silica), which is fused with an alkaline substance (soda) and lime (calcium carbonate). Furthermore, in the very earliest days of glass making, the soda was taken from seaweed or coastal plants, which grew in abundance at the mouths of Phoenician rivers. The Phoenicians were also great seafarers, which explains the early diffusion of glass around the Mediterranean.

At first, glass was most frequently used to make ornaments, since it was possible to color glass pastes and apply them to small objects to make them look like precious stones. One of the earliest and easiest techniques for making real glass was baked glazing. The basic materials were melted and colored; then the paste was dripped or poured into metal or terracotta moulds and made into small statues of animals and people, plaques, armlets and necklaces. To make hollow objects, the paste was placed around moulds, which could afterwards be broken. This primitive glass paste was sometimes cut up into tiny pieces, which were pierced and then strung together.

Glassmakers could not make larger and more beautiful objects until they were able to able to practices glass blowing, which was probably discovered in Syria at the beginning of the Christian era. Blowing was carried out in this way: the amount of glass needed for the vessel was put at the end of a metal pipe about a yard long, and the craftsman blew the glass up to the size desired; then, with the help of a few instruments, he shaped and decorated the vessel. After this, he could apply colorants. The technique is virtually the same as that used today. The melting of the glass is done in wide, circular, stone pots with a number of openings for the blowpipes in their sides. Glass is blown at extremely high temperatures; on the island of Murano, the famous glassworks in Venice, the pots are made of a fireproof clay that can withstand a heat of up to 1400 C. the first glass blowers used moulds only occasionally, but nowadays moulds of metal or terracotta are always used to make large quantities of utilitarian glassware.

At that time they never imagined that in the 21st century, glass vases for sale, would be offered.