Glass art has a rich history. Glass blowing as a form of a craft stared back in Mesopotamia back in 2500 B.C. This art was used by members of the Roman Empire as decorate beads and amulets. In 460 B.C., Democritus used this form of glass to make a magnifying glass. He is often referred to as the father of modern science. Alembic also began to use blown glass to conduct scientific experiments.
During the 12th century glass blowing became popular in the country of Italy. Glass blowers used the same techniques that modern glass blower today use. Their creations became work of art for display. During the 18th century glass blowing was once again used in the scientific community.
In the 1930s glass blowing was used to helps scientists study organs and the human body. At this time artists took notice of the glass blowing technique and once again used it to make artwork. They also used this technique to make functional and decorative tobacco pipes and tobacco bongs.
The glass would not get too hot so a person can still use it to smoke out of. Blown glass was also much nicer to look at than a traditional wooden pipe. It can be used to smoke tobacco and used to give the room it was kept in a decorative feel.
Glass blowing is an art that dates back many centuries. Glass art is both decorative and functional and has many uses in the modern world.