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The rich history of glass wouldn't be nearly as brilliant without its masterful makers. From the
innovative Italian makers of Murano from the days of the Renaissance to the elegance of the more
contemporary Daum, Gallé, and Waterford, the talent and ingenuity of some of the greatest glassmakers is
The development of the glassmaking industry in Venice around the 14th century introduced consumers
to the effectiveness and elegance of the medium. Resulting was an ongoing push for innovation in the
medium in both functional and art pieces. The advent of leaded crystal, for example, allowed for
increasingly elaborate designs. In addition, the creation of iridescent glass such as Tiffany Favrile pieces
encouraged a generation of glassmakers to create glistening, luminous pieces.
Simultaneously, glassmakers made advances in utilitarian products. Companies such as Hazel Atlas,
who specialized in more general glass pieces, and those who excelled in low cost Depression-era glass such
as Imperial and Westmoreland contributed to the richness of the field by producing pieces that are today as
equally coveted as their art glass counterparts. Today, these creators have all joined the pantheon of great
glass producers advancing the field of glass design while also creating a cast of compelled collectors.
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