About modern glass
Glass has undergone radical changes in the past decades. Industry, architecture, and interior design have all required glass in an unbelievable variety of forms. More light and see-through structures became fashionable and various types of glass were developed accordingly. Imagine how durable an almost generally applied 6 x 3 metre glass sheet must be. It has to be tempered so that it is not splintered, but broken into small pieces under impact, and it has to withstand thermal expansion and strong gusts of wind, too. The surface should be flat so that the objects behind it do not look distorted. There is already such a special type of glass which withstands 1100°C for hours easily even when it is sprayed with cold water during the process. At the same time, another kind of glass recently developed is malleable and flexible at the surprisingly low temperature of 600-700°C.
Thanks to the new technologies, the purity of glass was substantially improved; bubbles and surface roughness have become something of the past. In addition, glass now appears to be lighter, because of better visibility, in spite of the fact that sometimes 40mm thick glass sheets weighing several tons are used.
For most people, glass is incomprehensible and mystical. Transparent, bright, hard, brittle, and spacious, but the location of its edges is uncertain. When looking through glass, the space is altered, objects are slightly shifted, the space becomes shorter or longer, and the light coming through is slightly reduced.
Glass absorbs, transforms, filters, colours, and reflects the light or disperses it into a rainbow.
Those who adore glass, try to uncover its secrets, but a visual experience is insufficient to do so. There is a strong urge to get closer to it by touching and stroking the surface. Everyone is curious to know its smoothness and temperature.
Usually, glass is 2 to 10mm thick. It is bewildering when the depth of the glass increases, the internal shapes and edges are multiplied and projected onto one another, inner shadows are generated, reflective walls unexpectedly appear, colours protrude into one another and acquire new, even finer tones.
Glass is the best option to establish relations between light and shape without any compromise. The vision of glass is closely related to the most fundamental materials in nature, like water, air, ice, and crystals.
Therefore, glass is capable of transcendently communicating abstract thoughts. When this material is applied correctly, it helps in conveying latent thoughts and feelings to a work of art.