Cut Glass

an early 'flammiform' ale glass
an early ‘flammiform’ ale glass

The art of glass blowing is seen today as the arena of the artist, yet in the past these labour-intensive glass creations were the daily productions of the multitude of skilled tradesmen, supplying the needs of the growing affluent classes.

It’s a sobering thought to consider just how many skilled man hours were used to create some of these pieces – and, as is the case with so many antique objects – if we judge these old pieces by today’s standards, these articles could never be produced. We just couldn’t afford to pay the price!