Answered By: Ken Burns
Last Updated: Jul 19, 2016     Views: 128

There are many techniques for making glass. For example, you may wish to explore glassblowing (shaping glass melted in a furnace); lampworking (using a torch to melt the glass); kilnworking (fusing, slumping, pate de verre, and many other techniques using a kiln to melt the glass).  You may wish to explore pate de verre, making molds, and other kilnworking techniques as well.

I suggest you start by taking a class in glassmaking, or visit a local glassmaking studio.

For example, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass is an internationally renowned teaching facility that also offers various residency and scholarship programs. Students at The Studio range in experience from beginning to advanced.

The Glass Art Society (GAS) maintains an online list of international schools and workshops, including colleges and university programs; contact them for more information:

Glass Art Society, 1305 Fourth Ave., Suite 711, Seattle, WA 98101-2401; tel: 206-382-1305; fax: 206-382-2630; email:; website:

GAS also provides a list of members -- look at their websites to find artists who are in your area. Also look for artists who are using techniques that appeal to you.

Another resources for locating classes is Steiner Industries:

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass lists a variety of technical links that may help you understand different types of glassmaking techniques:

I am sending a brief bibliography for glassmaking. We have more extensive bibliographies about other types of glassmaking available. Please contact us if you would like more information. Schmid is a good introduction to glassblowing; Beveridge provides an overview of kiln techniques.

If you wish to obtain copies of any of the items on our list, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC); your library can contact us through OCLC or they may mail an Interlibrary Loan form to us. You may request up to five items at a time. We send photocopies of articles and microfiche copies of our books (if they have been microfilmed) through Interlibrary Loan for four weeks use. We do not loan videos.

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