Glassblowing is traced back to Syrian craftsman in the 1st century BC somewhere along the Syro-Palestinian coast, distributed widely by roman across its empire. By the middle Ages though, Venice had become a major center of glass making, until the glass blowing industry moved to the island of Murano.
The Venetian glassmakers from Murano produced cristallo, clear, fine glassware by employing the mould-blowing technique. Over centuries it got better and better, with addition of rare pigments to create astounding colours. The refined pieces of today are steeped in this history. Holding a piece brings unexplicable emotions from a distant past.