If glass is basically made up of sand, then why doesn’t walking on a beach cut your feet? It’s probably the greatest mystery of all time. What you won’t see on most beaches though is the incredible glass-making shown below. Behold, the best places that make glass.
Bohemian glass originated in the areas of Bohemia and Silesia about 700 years ago and is still going strong in today’s Czech Republic.
The techniques involved are also used to make various types of intricate jewellery with deep colours, not just your standard glasses and vases.
It’s cold up north, but making glass objets d’art is a warm occupation so it’s no surprise the Finns are into the transparent shiny stuff. It’s all over the place and some of it’s so arty it has no practical use other than being marvelled at.
Venetian glass techniques originating from the 13th century have been very influential on the glassmaking of other countries, and contemporary Italy is still innovating.
Millefiori glass, which literally means “a thousand flowers”, packs together tubes of glass to makes irresistibly complex and beautiful patterns.
(Our featured image is by Cameron Russell)