For more than 3,000 years, objects made of glass have been a useful and valuable part of human life. Glassmaking remained largely unchanged until the late 1800s, when new techniques enabling mass production changed glassmaking from a highly skilled craft to an assembly-line process done by machines.
The 75 year old Greenfield Village "Sandwich Glass Plant" is a state-of-the-art glass production facility
which produces more than 10,000 pieces of early-American glass each year using the craft of glass making before
the age of mass production. Craftspeople demonstrate the three main 19th and early 20th century methods of
glass making: free-blowing, mold-blowing, and pressing. The techniques and types of products created in the
Glass Shop are examples of what a pre-industrial glass plant produced.
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