Czech Glass - Renaissance
In the 16th century, during the Renaissance period, the most valuable
glass was made in Venice, because Venetian glassmakers used the best raw
materials from Spain and Orient. Bohemian glassmakers were unable to
obtain these high quality raw materials. There were about 34 glassworks
in Bohemia in that time, which produced luxurious glass as well as
window glass and glass pearls. In response to the Venice competition,
Czech glassblowers improved oven construction, used potash instead of
soda and developed glass resistible to heating and chemical influences.
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