Glassblowing circa 1943

Glassblowing circa 1943

This was the year my parents were married. The traditional and modern manufacture of glass, glass research, and its applications.

Britain has attained a leading position in the manufacture of glass. Sand purification is carried out on a considerable scale. There are shots of furnaces, of bubbling molten glass, of glass being ground and polished and of the cutter at work. Scientific instruments and perfectly balanced lenses are made in Britain today. (Films of Britain – British Council Film Department Catalogue – 1942-1943)

The Glassmakers of Herat

The Corning Museum heard of these glassmakers still using methods written down by the ancient Sumerians mentioned on Cuneiform tablets. So in 1977 they sent an expedition to the Afghanistan city of Herat to record these guys at work. Amazing video.

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The Glassmakers of Herat