Art of creation • Supplement
Over the course of the five thousand years that separate us from the creation of the first glass beads, glassmaking in the Czech Republic and worldwide went through remarkable technological, craft, and artistic developments. However, there has never been a time when the production of glass was as affected by revolutionary discoveries as during recent decades. The automated production of float-glass and tableware found its market, enabled by technologies that already make us think of the third millennium. Yet all this didn’t cast a shadow of doubt on the attractiveness of hand-shaped kiln-made and decorated items using cutting, engraving, hand-painting and other techniques. Glass has heavily contributed to the development of science and technology where its properties are vital to fields where its versatile application wasn’t previously envisioned. It changed the face of architecture, as well as manufacturing, research, medicine, astronomy, communications, basic scientific inquiry and the personal lifestyles of people throughout the entire civilized world. Glass, in its historic context and future development, contributes to the very foundation of humanity.