Glass has been prized by mankind for centuries.
The qualities that delighted the ancients, the
clarity, transparency, brilliance and malleability
of glass, are the same ones that appeal to
modern sensibilities. Early writers described
glass in terms of wonderment: "Congealed of air,
condensed of sunbeams, molded from the light
of the open plain, or peeled from a white pearl."
The passage of centuries serves to make glass
even lovelier that when it was new, for time
graces its surface with a jewel-like iridescence.
We today cannot help but marvel that something
so delicately lovely has survived since Rome was
at her height. As we take pleasure in its beauty,
we transcend the ages, and share our emotions
with the citizens of a vanished world.