Answered By: Beth Hylen
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2016     Views: 13

I'm sending a bibliography of materials relating to women and children in the glass factories. Take a look at Lucartha Kohler's book, Women Working in Glass. She covers some historical information as well as featuring some contemporary women artists (by decade).

Kohler, Lucartha. Women working in glass. Atglen, PA : Schiffer Pub. Ltd., c2003. 205 p. Profiles of women glass artists from the 1960s-1990s, primarily from the United States. Includes bibliographical references. (A Schiffer art book)

If you wish to obtain copies of any of the items, 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.

Currently, there is a great deal of interest in women in the stained glass industry in the Tiffany era. I added a bibliography for this period.

If you decide to focus on women studio artists and the challenges they faced, you may be interested in this podcast by Sally Prasch:

“Sally Prasch, One Industrial-Strength Glass Artist!” Glasscaster, Sun, 11 November 2007
Sally Prasch is one industrial-strength glass artist! One of a handful of female scientific glassblowers, her story, struggle and subsequent success in this field makes great listening. Her adventures are both humorous and intriguing. What's the largest piece of apparatus she's ever made? Just a wee bit of quartz 12 inches in diameter and 11 feet long!!! Her talents range from the industrial to the artistic, including lathe work, neon, casting, and sculpture. She teaches all over the world. Look for excerpts of this podcast in The Flow magazine, Winter, 2007, coming this December.
Direct download: <SALLY_PRASCH_ABRIDGED.M4A>

Let me know if you would like additional information - especially if you decide to focus on particular women artists.