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Even with the availability of common glassware, hand blown or lampworked glassware remains popular for its artistry. Some artists in glass include Lino Tagliapietra, Sidney Waugh, Rene Lalique, Dale Chihuly, Daum Nancy, Galle, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, who were responsible for extraordinary glass objects. The term "crystal glass", derived from rock crystal, has come to denote high-grade colorless glass, often containing lead, and is sometimes applied to any fine hand-blown glass.

There are many techniques for creating fine glass art; each is suitable for certain kinds of object and unsuitable for others. Someone who works with hot glass is called a glassblower or lampworker, and these techniques are how most fine glassware is created. Glass can also be cut with a diamond saw, and polished to give gleaming facets.

Objects made out of glass include vessels (bowls, vases, and other containers), paperweights, marbles, beads, smoking pipes, bongs, and sculptures. Colored glass is often used, and sometimes the glass is painted, although many glassblowers consider this crude. A significant exception is the collection of pieces by the Blaschkas.

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