We report on a novel phenomenon in calcium aluminosilicate glasses doped with Ce3+, Tb3+, and Pr3+. After irradiation by an 800 nm femtosecond pulsed laser, the focused part of the laser in the glasses emits bright and long-lasting phosphorescence able to be clearly seen with the naked eye in the dark even one hour after the removal of the activating laser. Moreover, by selecting appropriate glass compositions and species of rare earth ions, optional three-dimensional image patterns emitting long-lasting phosphorescence in various colors, including blue, green, and red, can be formed within glass samples by moving the focal point of the laser. Based on absorption spectra, the long-lasting phosphorescence is considered to be due to the thermostimulated recombination of holes and electrons at traps induced by the laser irradiation, which leave holes or electrons in a metastable excited state at room temperature. © 1998 American Institute of Physics.