LIFE REFLECTED IN GLASS
For thousands of years glass has proved to be one of the most beautiful and enduring materials man has ever crafted. From Art to Architecture, glass has adorned our bodies, our buildings and our landscapes.
Glass in mosaics, murals and stained glass windows, has been used to tell stories, express emotion and record history.
Glass was first used in 1500 BC for ornaments and vases. Fragments of glass vases were found in ancient Egypt bearing the name of Pharaoh Thoutmosis III (1504-1450 BC) who brought glassmakers to Egypt as prisoners of war.
In approximately 1000 AD glass started to be used for windows. With the introduction of clear glass for windows (not clear as we now know it) there followed very quickly stained glass windows and leadlight windows, these art pieces were primarily installed in churches and palaces.
At the beginning of last century, with increased research and development in the field of glass, optically clearer glass became available. Associated with the development of clear glass was the introduction of a "safer" glass - tempered safety glass and laminated safety glass.
Tempered glass is glass that has been heated then rapidly cooled. This treatment causes internal stresses within the glass and results in a tougher glass which is more resistant to breakage and if broken will break into safer small pieces of glass
Laminated glass is two or more sheets of glass that have been stuck together with a high strength plastic interlayer. If the glass should break the interlayer will hold the sheets of glass together.
Glass has been used in hundreds of applications and new ones are being developed every day for this diverse product. We find glass in churches depicting the lives of saints, in restaurants when ordering drinks, in motorcars preventing the wind and rain from intruding, in the shower to keep the bathroom dry, in space shuttles to keep space out and the astronauts in, in communication cables throughout the world bringing this information to you. Aside from the practical use of glass it is an accepted form of art and sculpture.
We can now use this remarkable medium to reflect the life of a loved one and enhance the landscape of the cemetery.