Craft: Designing, Forming, Decorating - by Kay
Written before the "fusing-compatible" era, this
book by Kay Kinney is loaded with information about mold-making, fusing
and slumping projects utilizing window glass, bottles, and other types
of glass. Cutting, drilling, firing, laminating, enamels, lusters,
metal foils, mica, and lots more. Even if you've got all of the
"Modern" books on fusing and slumping glass, get a copy of this one too!
glass - by
Written long before the availability of
"tested-compatible" fusing glasses, this book contains a wealth of
information for anyone interested in creating "warm glass"art.
"This book is a comprehensive study in the
techniques of decorating and designing on glass... In 1947 Maurice
Heaton, Frances and Michael Higgins, Earl McCutchen and others began to
develop a new method of working with glass... they began to cut
commercially available plate and window glass to the shape of a mold.
When fired in the kiln, the glass sagged to take on the shape of the
mold, without becoming molten.
"In this book Harriette Anderson tells how to make
beautiful glass objects - trays, plates, etc - in a language a layman
can understand, and in step-by-step procedures she describes materials
needed, how to make the molds, decorate and fire the glass.
"The first chapters discuss equipment and
preparation; one chapter fully explores... the many types of colorants
- glass and enamel powders, oils, glazes. Then various techniques of
decorating are explained: laminating, sgraffito, embossing, and even
designing with bubbles.
Mrs. Anderson devotes full chapters to silk screen
printing on glass and to firing schedules, taking into consideration
the type of glass used and the kiln that it is fired in, and covers
completely the special explanations of how glass is annealed and how to
Adventures in Glass - by
Donald-Brian Johnson, Leslie Pina
"Pioneers in fused studio and production glass
since the 1940s, Michael and Frances Higgins continue to create some of
today's most collectible glass objects. Higgins: Adventures in Glass
chronicles their careers and accomplishments in the studio, at Dearborn
Glass Company and at Haeger Potteries. A must-have for glass collectors
and 1950s/1960s fans alike, this new book features 645 full-color
photos, company catalog, vintage advertising, interviews with the
artists and price guide."
Glassmaking for the Craftsman
"This book... concentrates on the glassforming
techniques which involve heating and softening of glass, but it
excludes flameworking and glassblowing...
The Schulers describe forming by sagging and
laminating, using glass enamels and glass colors, and forming by
mold-fusing and mold-casting. After a brief historical presentation...
there is an introduction to physical properties and a detailed
discussion of techniques, with examples.
A description of mold materials... and experiments
on such materials follows. ...experiments with colored glasses from
several manufacturers are described, with interpretation of the
The equipment required is listed, followed by a
section on design. ...commercial production of glass... is described,
along with some remarks about manufacturing methods in the past.
There are appendices on physical properties, on
annealing and on suppliers.
The stress is on the revival of ancient methods,
using modern physical and chemical knowledge and modern material, to
free the craftsman... so that he may concentrate on design."
Firing Glass: Glass Fusing Book One - by Boyce
Written by the founders of the Bullseye Glass
Company (and the innovators of 'fusing-compatible' glass), this series
of books thoroughly covers the art of glass fusing and slumping. From
how to tell if glasses are compatible to adding lampworked elements to
fused glass pieces to firing and annealing schedules, these books
explain it all.
Fusing Techniques (Glass Fusing, Book 2)
Casting and Moldmaking (Glass Fusing, Book 3)
to Glass Fusing: 15 Complete Project Lessons & Ideas for Dozens
of Additional Fused Pieces
Glass Handbook - by Gil Reynolds
de Verre and Kiln Casting of Glass -
by James Kervin & Dan Fenton
These guys have brought back glass fusing
techniques that were 'lost' for decades. Learn about moldmaking,
layering colors, annealing, and lots more. Take your kiln-fired glass
projects to a whole new level.
Argy-Rousseau: Glassware As Art : With a Catalogue Raisonne of the
Pates De Verre This book is
an inspiration for anyone interested in working with Pate de Verre or
kiln-casting glass sculptures. Argy-Rousseau was a master of the craft!
Techniques (Ceramics Class)
Not written specifically for glass, but any
creative artist-type can learn a lot that can be applied to glass
slumping and casting.
Design, Construction and Operation - by Daniel
Written by potters and ceramicists, but loaded
with useful information for any kiln user.