In 1884, German Otto Schott founded the Glass Technology Laboratory in Jena. It was here, during the period 1887 through to 1893, that Schott developed borosilicate glass, which is distinguished for its high tolerance to heat and a substantial resistance to thermal shock.
In 1918 the company began producing household glass. Preservation jars were first. Quickly followed by tea glasses, feeding bottles, and finally cookware. All bearing the trade name Jenaer Glas.
In the 1930's the company's products were visibly influenced by the design concepts of Bauhaus. It brightest stars all put their stamp on Jenaer products. Perhaps the most famous of these is the teapot created by Wilhelm Wagenfeld.
Jenaer Glas still makes among the finest consumer glass items in the world. Its stylish teapots are rightly considered works of art, with some on display in renowned art museums.