Available only as imported commodities until the mid-nineteenth century, industrially made glass objects began to be mass-produced in large manufactures which mostly established themselves along the St-Lawrence River. It was only in the 1960s that molten glass became a medium for artistic expression and artisanal endeavors in Québec. The first glass factories were founded in Montréal by Venetian glassblowers in the early 1960s. And then, following Expo 67, it was young Anglophones strongly influenced by the American counter-culture who founded small glassblowing studios suitable for self-practice. During the 1970s, it was the French model that inspired Francophones, whom in turn also began to blow glass. The development of glass art in Quebec is therefore a story of interbreeding, whether cultural, artistic or technical.


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