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The handmade glass as we know it today, has gone through an evolution, influenced by many

cultures over a 5000 year history, beginning with handmade glass pieces found in Egypt dating from 3100 BC.

From 600-699 there was a strong Islamic influence and the first glass making manual was written, found in the Assyrian Assurbanipal’s Library.

300 years later the technique of –  blowing glass – was invented in the Babylon area.  Mouth blown glass – technology was refined around the mediterranean region during the Roman Era, and – hand made glass – quickly became affordable and available for the ordinary citizen.

By 1000 AD Venice was dominating – mouth blown – glass production and the island of Murano became a major centre for – handmade glass – mainly – blown glass.

Glass making continued to be refined through the middle ages and spread across central Europe, by 1600 France had become a major player in the glass industry as well as the Bohemian countries, where Prague became another centre of – handmade glass – crystal – and blown glass.

Venice now had competition and in the 16 century the first glass shop opened in Krosno Poland and evidence of early glass works has been found dating from that time. 450 year later the modern – hand blown glass – Polish, Krosno, mouth blown glass – began winning awards and the fabulous, blown glass – and – art glass – we know today, flowered. Admired for it’s creativity and refined beauty by glass aficionados and collectors all over the world.

Danube Glass has been working with glass blowers, glass artisans from Krosno for 20 years, experimenting with design and techniques to create a unique Australian feel to our Danube glass gallery range. Danube Glass has been supplying their Polish art glass to galleries across Australia for two decades. Danube Glass – art glass – is also available directly from the Danube Glass Gallery in Bellingen NSW Australia or online at www.danubeglass.com.au