Vitreous materials have played a fundamental role in education throughout history. For example, in the Middle Ages monks used glass lenses to continue to read and write until they were older, while alchemists developed glass laboratory equipment and material to study the medicinal uses of plants.
Today, many centres of education teach the practical aspects of glass art. As the courses focus on specific skills and techniques, some of them are short and allow amateurs to take part.
For their part, multinational glass companies promote training in-house or support education at colleges of education for apprentices and new technical staff. Specialist courses for more experienced staff, which are usually organized by commercial entities in the sector, do not only focus on skills acquisition but also on understanding and a profound analysis of processes.