The Origins of Glass: Ancient Material, Modern Idea (Remote)

Katherine Larson
Curator of Ancient Glass, Corning Museum of Glass
Wednesday July 28
1:30-3 p.m. ET

Opaque and transparent, blue and colorless, pourable and hard: glass is a mutable material that defies categorization. The earliest Bronze Age glass workers treated glass as a type of stone, but, during the first millennium BCE, people began to recognize and exploit its unique properties. This exploration helped stimulate the discovery of glass blowing and the widespread adoption of glass in daily life during the 1st century BCE. The recognition of glass as a distinct class of material transformed the meaning of glass in the ancient mind and paved the way for modern material science.

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