Glass from 1500-1800: The Ernesto Wolf Collection
Glass of the Ancient World: 1600 B.C.-A. D. 50
This massive book presents 155 glass vessels and
objects from the Ernesto Wolf Collection, most of which have never been
seen by the general public before.
The oldest of these pieces date back to the early
phase of the glass making art in the Tigris-Euphrates region around
1600 BC. The most recent are products from the first century AD, when
the "new" technique of glass-blowing had begun to spread throughout the
The book is divided into six sections:
- The Late Bronze 1600-1200
- The Iron Age 900-400 B.C
- Mediterranean Core-Formed
Vessels 550 B.C.-A.D. 10
- The Hellenistic Age 550-50
- The Early Roman Empire 50
B.C.- A.D. 70
- Hellenistic and Early
Imperial Roman Glass Objects Ca. 550 B.C.- A.D. 50
Besides its obvious value to the student or
collector of ancient glass, this book is also a wonderful resource for
the modern glass artist.
In conjunction with the ancient examples pictured
and discussed, the book describes and pictures modern experiments
showing just how the ancients might have created the original works;
with photos and diagrams.
Includes a bibliography and index.
in Early America: Selections from the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur
Museum by Arlene
This oversized book includes glass used or made
in America from the middle of the 17th century to the middle of the
19th century. Picturing 423 objects as close to actual size as the page
height allows, it includes drinking vessels, plates and bowls, bottles
and flasks, vases, lighting devices, and everything from windowpanes to
bird fountains. Each photo is accompanied by a description of the
piece, including dimensions, comments on its construction or
decoration, and its provenance.
Short History of Glass -
by Chloe Zerwick
As the title says, "a short history of glass" from
its beginnings over 3,000 years ago in the Middle East, to the present
time (circa 1980). A nice, compact overview. Illustrated with lots of
examples from the Corning Museum collections.
Short History of Glass (Revised and updated) - by Chloe
Originally published by the Corning Museum of
Glass in 1980, this is the "redesigned and updated second edition"
published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., NY, 1990.
"A Short History of Glass takes the reader on a
fascinating journey around the world to the places where glass
originated more than 3,000 years ago, where artistry was later
perfected, and where fine objects in this lustrous and fragile medium
are still made and appreciated - from the ancient Middle East, through
the Roman Empire, the Far East, Islam, Europe, and America. A pictorial
survey of more than 100 color images guides the way.
Here we learn about ...glassmaking techniques,
some thousands of years old; ...a wide variety of objects and styles;
...regional distinctions in glass ...the superb artistry of glassmakers
in Murano ...innovations of Scandinavian craftsmen ...leading glass
There are pieces here by the many great masters of
glass, among them George Ravenscroft in England, Emile Gallé
and René Lalique in France, Louis Comfort Tiffany and
Frederick Carder in America, and contemporary glass artists such as
Eric Hilton, Dominick Labino, Erwin Eisch, Stanislav Libensky, and
As Crystal, Red As Flame: Later Chinese Glass
Chorus of Colors: Chinese Glass from Three American Collections
of Chinese Glass Work Shops (Selection of Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass in
the Ina and Sandford Gadient Collection)
Nouveau Glass: The Gerda Koepff Collection
Glass Nouveau - by Ray and
and Decorated European Art Glass - by Ray
Cameo Glass - by Berniece Blount & Henry
A beautiful, rare, maybe expensive (but worth it)
book with lots of photos. Includes a brief description of each piece
with the size noted. this book also has several pages picturing nearly
200 signatures found on French Cameo Glass.
Cameo Glass -
With over 400 color plates, 150 black &
photos, 78 pages from Thomas Webb & Sons pricebook, and more
800 line drawings from George Woodall's sketchbook, this is the one
book you must have if you're interested in cameo glass. A huge,
History Of Glassmaking In England
glass paperweights: Their Construction, and Distinguishing Features - by
Written by paperweight collecting pioneer,
Bergstrom, this vintage volume is illustrated with many color and black
and white photos of weights from her vast collection. Includes notes on
various antique paperweight makers and paperweight construction methods.
Paperweights of The Bergstrom Art Center - by
A fabulous reference, this book pictures, in
glass paperweights collected by Evangeline Bergstrom and now housed at
the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum in Neenah, Wisconsin. Each illustration is
accompanied by a detailed description with dimensions and historical
notes. If you make or collect paperweights, you want this book.
Paperweights of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum - by
Geraldine J. Casper
This may well be the mother of all paperweight
books! Picturing in color and describing the 1200 glass paperweights in
the collection of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, it includes detailed
descriptions (with measurements) of each weight. This massive
collection, started by Evangeline Bergstrom, and continued with
donations and purchases, may represent the largest single collection in
the world of antique glass paperweights.
of Glass Paperweights - by Paul
"Until this book, there has been no comprehensive
study of glass
paperweights. Encyclopedic in scope and copiously illustrated, it
surveys the entire history of the subject, from an exploration of the
origins of millefiori techniques in 18th Dynasty Egypt to the latest
paperweight developments the world over (circa 1969)."
With 140 weights in full color and 250 in black
"Within sections devoted to paperweight-making by
country are histories of all major and most minor glassworks, with
detailed studies of every type and variation of paperweight they
made... Other chapters deal with sulphides, modern paperweights, and
the scientific examination of paperweight glass.
(Also includes) a complete glossary of terms, an
exhaustive bibliography of pertinent glass literature, and a list of
museums with paperweight collections..."
: A Glass School
- by Tina Oldknow
"Dale Chihuly's Hippie Commune
begets Studio Glass Movement."
Pilchuck Glass School is the place where every
artist who works in glass comes to take or teach a summer class (2 1/2
weeks). It's the glass art world's seat of power where craft process is
shared, artists go to refresh themselves (located on 40 acres of land
amidst thousands of acres of tree farm overlooking the most spectacular
vista including the waterway from Seattle to Alaska it's hard not to
get in touch with your soul), and it's the place where artists return
each summer just to be with each other. This is a very special place.
Dale Chihuly started Pilchuck one summer more than
25 years ago when he was teaching at RISD. He thought it would be fun
to go west and blow glass...there was no Studio Glass Movement and, as
you will read when you buy this fabulous book, there wasn't much of
anything but the extrodinary spirit of a group of very special people.
Pilchuck has grown to be one of the world's most
important arts institutions with a Board of Trustees that "gets it".
Tina Oldknow has written an easy to read "page
turner" that's a scholarly work (she conducted more than 150 interviews
in two years of thorough research for this book) while its picture
filled format (gorgeous color photographs of art made from glass as
well as historic photos of the artists and their art) makes it easy to
understand for those who don't really like to read art books. This is a
don't miss read for anyone interested in art or in the social history
of the 70's, 80's and early 90's.
Inspired, Contemporary Glass and Its
Origins - By Karen S. Chambers and Tina Oldknow
Published in conjunction with the exhibition of
the same name, curated
by Karen S. Chambers for the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa FL.
"Clearly Inspired focuses on contemporary artists
who use the glassworking techniques of antiquity - in some cases, after
having rediscovered or reinvented lost processes...
... contrasts the work of contemporary artists
working in glass with examples of earlier glass that have inspired them
to replicate forgotten techniques and to explore the formal or
conceptual concerns that fascinated their artistic antecedents.
Historical works illustrating the sources of
inspiration are drawn from museum collections such as those of the
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; New York's Metropolitan Museum of
Art; the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; and the Rockwell Museum,
Studio Glass - National Museum of Modern Art
Glass: A History of Glass - by Gianfranco Toso
Cameo Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass
Glass - by N. Voronov
Glass of the 17th-20th Centuries - by Nina
Asharina, Liudmila Kazakova
Another great one from the Corning Museum of
Glass. Is there any type of glass their collections DON'T
Years of American Blown Glass - by Helen
and George S. Mckearin
in Canada: the First One Hundred Years - by Gerald Stevens
Studio Glass : The Movement, Its Makers and Their Art
by Noris Ioannou
Art glass from "down under".
Glass - by Frederick William Hunter
The first major work about this important Early
Glass producer. Controversial, but still a mainstay in most antique
Henry William Stiegel: The Life Story of a
Famous American Glass Maker
- by George L. Heiges
of the Caesars - Corning Museum of Glass
Illustrated with many, many examples from the
collections of the Corning Museum.
OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE - by
"This book is in two parts. The first part traces
the history of Roman glassmaking between about 100 B. C. and A.D 500 -
from before the Romans completed their conquest of the Mediterranean
until after their empire began to collapse.
The second part illustrates 24 outstanding
examples of Roman glass in The Corning Museum of Glass and describes
the methods that were used to make them.
The 24 objects are arranged according to the
techniques used to form or finish them: casting, lathe cutting,
grinding, polishing, and blowing.
The Romans employed a variety of methods to
decorate blown glass. While it was hot, they applied glass as random
fragments or trails, and they blew elaborately decorated forms in molds.
When the glass was cold, they cut and engraved it.
(They) also painted glass and applied designs cut out of gold foil.
The (book includes a) glossary... (which) explains
the names of the glassmakers' tools and techniques.
At the end of the volume, there is a list of books
and articles that discuss the Roman Empire and the achievements of the
Art of French Glass 1860-1914 - by Janine
Glass; The Art of James Powell and Sons by Lesley
Glass - by Otto Rigan, photographs by Charles
From the cover notes: "A new stained glass art is
evolving on the West Coast of North America - a free-form art that is
closer to painting than to our conventional ideas of stained glass as
architectural embellishment. This visually exciting book is the first
to document the new glass artists and their styles."
Here in text and photograph are the motivations,
techniques and works of 24 brilliant exponents of this striking new
Artists include: Jad King, Paul Marioni, Kerry
Kelly, Peter Mollica, Dan Fenton, Narcissus Quagliata, Kristin Newton,
Robert Kehlmann, Elizabeth Devereaux Tallant, Kathie Stackpole Bunnell,
James Hubbell, Richard Posner, Ed Carpenter, and several more.
History of Glassforming
Glass: a Worldwide Survey - Corning Museum of Glass
Published about 1980, this book includes a
who's who of glass artists working at that time. Includes a brief
biography of each artist and a photo of a piece of their glasswork.
Tryal of Glasse: The story of Glassmaking at Jamestown
of Glass-Making - by Deming Jarves
Fascinating book by the man who originated
so-called "Flint Glass".
England Glass and Glassmaking - by Kenneth M Wilson
Northwest Ohio Glassmaking in the Gas Boom of the 1880's - by
Jack K. Paquette
Divers Arts: The Foremost Medieval Treatise on Painting, Glassmaking,
and Metalwork - by Theophilus
in Glass: a Guide to the Glass Collections - Toledo Museum of
- by David Macaulay
Amazon.com: "The Gothic cathedral is one of humanity's
greatest masterpieces--an architectural feast that couldn't help but
attract the attention of renowned author-illustrator David Macaulay.
Once an architectural student at the Rhode Island School of Design,
Macaulay glories in the intricacies and beauty of structure, as
evidenced in his masterful pen-and-ink drawings in critically acclaimed
children's books such as Castle, Pyramid,
and Rome Antics.
He begins Cathedral in 1252,
when the people of a fictitious French town named Chutreaux decide to
build a cathedral after their existing church is struck by lightning.
We first meet the craftspeople, then examine the tools, study their
cathedral plans, and watch the laying of the foundation. Week by week
we witness the construction of this glorious temple to God.
Macaulay intuitively hones in on the details about
which we are the most curious: How were those enormously high ceilings
built and decorated? How were those 60-foot-high windows made and
installed in the 13th century? And how did people haul those huge,
heavy bells up into the skyscraper-high towers?
Thanks to Macaulay's thorough, thoughtful tribute
to the Gothic cathedral, not a stone, turret, or pane of stained glass
is left unexamined or unexplained." (Ages 9 and older) --Gail
Glass Flowers Ware Collection Blaschka
of Glass - General editors: Dan Klein and
"Written by a team of experts, each of them a specialist in his or her
particular field, this book tells the story of all the major
developments in the history of glass from its beginnings in Pre-Roman
The major styles of glass and the techniques used
to make it are traced from this early period through the Roman era and
the Dark Ages, into medieval times, when... there was also a flowering
of stained glass... resulting in the magnificent works at such
cathedrals as Chartres..
The effects of different cultures on glass
styles... are described, as is the rise of Venice as the pre-eminent
glass-making centre during the Renaissance...
The development of the heavier lead glass in the
18th century... paved the way for new styles of decoration on glass,
including cutting and engraving... The fashion for Art Nouveau at the
end of the (19th) century heralded the modern era, and the 20th century
was to favour functionalism and simplicity in decorative glass... while
the use of glass in architecture and industry has become more and more
widespread with the development of new techniques".
of Glass : A World History from the Corning Museum of Glass
by Robert J. Charleston, Thomas S. Buechner (Designer)