Making stained glass is an ancient skill, known to the artisans of Ancient Rome and Egypt. Stained glass as an art form reached its zenith in medieval Europe, with magnificent windows crafted for great cathedrals. In the 12th century, the German monk Theophilus studied glaziers and glass painters and recorded their methods, and it’s clear that the basic methods, at least, have changed little. But while Theophilus might recognise the glass-making that goes on in Dr Martin’s lab, he would be astonished by the resulting glass, and its purpose.
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