Glassblowing is the science and art of molten glass that’s shaped into different objects and designs from small art pieces to glass panes. A glass blower (glass smith) uses a blowpipe or metal tube to control the air that is blown through the tube into the parison that allows the shape and design to be manipulated. Two main techniques consists of mold blowing and free blowing.
Glassblowing has been an ancient art form, and it hasn’t changed much since those hundreds of years. The only things that have changed over the years include the designs and their intended usage. There are different types of very affordable glass water bongs and pipes in any smoke shop in which dabbing is included where legally allowed.
It’s easy to find inexpensive pipes in the market; however, not so much for a better quality. Nevertheless, since the influx and demand for artists with more unique designs are on the rise, more artists are working on producing better quality for the masses. They are working on durable, higher quality that is affordable.
Dabbing has also changed the glass game up over the last several years. There have been a big change with glass pipe usage along with their designs. The amount of various designs and perc designs vary tremendously mostly due to concentrate usage. The market now has a choice of water pipes, incyclers, nectar collectors, and recyclers of all different assortments. Nectar collectors are somewhat the concentrate users equivalency to the flower user’s steamroller. This is simple, and it provides great results. The recyclers and incyclers are designed to cool the smoke down to a wonderfully smooth hit that won’t explode the lungs. With this, water is taken from the main can, and recycled up through the pipe. It is then returned back into the main can.
As far as the history goes, glassblowing as grown tremendously as well as evolved throughout the world. From 3000 B.C. to industrial age, glass blowing has been on a prowl for something bigger and better for the industry. For one, early glass was considered valuable as glass in ancient times, because of the extraordinary level of skill required to make glass. The practice of glass dates back to early 3000 B.C. in Egypt and Mesopotamia. The glass was molded by natural ingredients, such as molten sand. And as a result, people for some thousands of years went to countries along the Mediterranean Sea for master glassmakers. During those ancient times, it was a really hard process in making glass, and the pieces were small and expensive. And furthermore, the glass pieces were mostly used by aristocrats and priests. Approximately 30 B.C. in Rome, glass molding was now glassblowing. The Romans would shape glass by blowing into it with a blowpipe when it was warm, and this techniques is still being used today by glassblowers.
Different techniques spread to eastern and then western Rome. Then it spread, changed, and expanded in different parts of northern Europe. Throughout the middle to renaissance periods, the market was booming, and mass production began in the industrial period in 1858. As of 1962, the studio glass movement erupted which is now implementing the sharing equipment and training of this art offered at different institutions. A team of several glassworkers work with complex and large pieces, and with precise and timely movements that include complex choreography for this type of art.
The sky’s the limit as what is next for the art of glassblowing. And smokers and artists alike are excited of what’s expected to come.