Nature – the unsurpassed Artist
Something else is no less exciting about Roman glass than the craft and secrets of its making. It is the transformation that happened while the glass was buried in the soil of Israel. Glass intends to break, it is a common experience. Earthquakes happen often in this area, some of them very strong. There were few large ones around the 300 and 700 CE that destroyed a large number of cities and villages. Either used and broken by people or by forces of nature shards of Roman glassware became buried and long forgotten by people. But different kind of nature forces went on working on it with great patience, slowly and gradually bringing a completely new look to the glass. Hot days and cold nights, moist winter and extremely dry summer cooked and fused some elements of Israeli soil into the body of the glass. The Artist – Nature – never rested. It created a unique wrapping of many thin, iridescent layers of silica, called “patina”. Each fragment of glass went through its own individual changes in color and shape.