Ever since there are real houses, the glaziers are concerned with the use of appropriate windows in windows and doors. This is the reason why the glazier's craft has already been created. Glazers are processing the glass made by glass makers in the glazier with tools, such as glass cutters and cutting edges, and machines such as the grinding machine.
The Roman historian Pliny (79 BC) reports that the first glass was discovered by Phoenician merchants, who once camped on the river Bulus and randomly used soda blocks to prepare their cooking places. When the fire is extinguished, a hard, but translucent mass remains in the sand. Although this is a beautiful sight, it can not be correct for technical reasons because the heat of over 600 ° C required for glass melting can never be achieved in an open fire. On the other hand, the far-flown Phoenicians developed their culture at the earliest in the second pre-Christian millennium. Around 1500 BC The knowledge of the production of glass was already three and a half thousand years old.
The first windows with wooden frames and glass were already known in Roman times. To us came this knowledge of glass and window making with the artisans of the Roman legions. Among the Romans the material glass has come to great flowering. It was they who opened new possibilities for the extraction and application of glass. During the turmoil of the immigration of the peoples this knowledge was lost, so that it had to be rediscovered centuries later by the monasteries in France (Tour), Italy (Ravenna) and Germany (Hersfeld).
In the guilds of the Middle Ages, the glass painters, partly the mirrormakers, the window builders (in southern Germany and Saxony) and the glassmakers formed under the term "glaziers". After the dissolution of the guilds at the end of the nineteenth century, the glaziers and window-builders found themselves together again in innards. In contrast to the "Snobbery" of the guilds, the common training, the vocational training of the apprentices and fellows, as well as the cooperation in technical matters were at the forefront.
The first, artistically designed colored glass panes appeared in Europe in the ninth century. Since then the church and monastery windows have adorned since the art of glassmaking was practiced mainly by monks. They regarded themselves as glassmakers and glass processors. The first glass windows were installed in the old Roman cities of Cologne and Trier. Already in the 13th century the glassmakers and glassworkers went separate ways. The first pure glazier favors arose. The members of the guilds had a generally recognized right to work. Citizens were obliged to buy and work with them. Guilds, of course, had a saint as patron saint: so did the glaziers' craft of St. Luke, by the way, to this day.
Already around 1450, the first independent glazier fellowship formed in Trier. 400 years later, on the 5th / 6th September 1881, the Reichsfachverband der Glaserhandwerk was established in Hamburg with the aim of further developing and strengthening the glazier stand and its organizations.