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Stained Glass has long and varied history, originating at least over over one thousand years ago it has developed from a secret alchemical art to a precise scientific process.

The name Stained Glass  brings to mind magnificant Church and Cathedral windows,  powerful illuminated colors laced with intricate and ornate pictoral decoration. When the process of creating large scale stained glass originally evolved sometime around the 10th century a new and very powerful art form was born into the world. Today we have techniques such as  the stained glass mosaic which is popular amongst hobbyists and crafters. Increasingly historians think that stained glass techniques developed on a much verty scale in the form of jewels and beads. There is evidence that the process was first b discovered by Muslim 'alchemists' and also by the Egyptians in the production of small decroative wearable items and decorations...

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by Peter J Gorman
Articles: Stained Glass History
And  Origins

A Brief History
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