Answered By: Rebecca Hopman
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2017     Views: 50

This sounds like a fun project. We actually have a few books that might be useful. A Day in the Life of a Colonial Glassblower by J.L. Branse (2002) and The Glassblower by Christine Petersen (2012) might be your best bets. You can find other kid-friendly books about glass here, including two American Girl mysteries that may have more information on early American glassblowing (Enemy in the Fort and Shadows in the Glasshouse).

I searched "colonial glassblowing" on Google and came up with a lot of results. The National Park Service has a page about glassblowing at Jamestown, and you can watch a video of a glassblower blowing glass at the Jamestown Glasshouse here. This page, created by another set of NY grade school students, has a simple list of tools and a few facts about types of glass. They used The Glassmakers by Leonard Everett Fisher (1997) as a source.

I have also attached a longer list of books about colonial glassblowing. If you'd like to borrow any of these books, or the ones I mentioned above, 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 send an Interlibrary Loan form to us by e-mail. We send copies of articles and will also loan certain books if a second copy is available in the library collection. Books are loaned for a four week period.