Until the end of the stone age, technology for glass
making was not known. In fact the earliest glass artifacts
found were the natural ones such as Obsidians chipped away
or honed to make sharp instruments or ornamental beads.
As man perfected the art and technique of pottery
and firing and through accidental or maybe intentional
combination of sand (silica) and lime at high temperature
faience was discovered.
The earliest glass artifacts, in Iran, were found
in Chaqazanbil, Ilamid temple in the town of Susa. The
period's craftsmen used faience to make glass rods, used
as light catches or panes or even statues representing
During Achemenian dynasty, glassware was quite
frequently used in the court. Glass making evolved during
Sassanid and subsequently as Muslims were not allowed to
use golden wares, such arts as glass blowing, etching and
painting reached their pinnacle of perfection.
Nasser Abdollahi, born in 1956, Tehran, member of Art Academy
of Iran, is one of the contemporary craftsmen in glass