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First, the Rakow Library at CMoG has created a research guide on Ancient and Islamic Glass and Glassmaking, which includes a list of general histories of glass, ancient glassmaking techniques, and links to videos and websites that might be useful.
The CMoG website includes a number of helpful articles, including:
- The Origins of Glassmaking
- The Mystery Slab of Beth She'Arim
- Glass of the Romans
- Medieval Glassmaking on the Levant
The following online CMoG videos might also be of interest:
- Ancient Egyptian Furnace (Former curator David Whitehouse describes an ancient Egyptian furnace, showing a full-scale model of a furnace that was used for making glass at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt, nearly 3,500 years ago.)
- Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome (Behind the Glass lecture by Karol Wight)
- Roman Mold-Blown Glass (Glassmakers recreate ancient Roman glass objects by mold-blowing; filmed in 2014 at the Roman-style wood-fired furnace in Villa Borg, Germany.)
- Beth She'arim Slab (Former curator David Whitehouse discusses the nine-ton Beth She'arim slab of glass from an ancient furnace.)
- Glassmakers of Herat (Filmed in 1977 in Western Afghanistan, it features a one-room working glass factory with a mud-brick wood-burning furnace where cousins make hand-blown glass in the same manner as described in seventh-century Assyrian cuneiform tablets.)
Books and Articles
Klein, Dan, Ward Lloyd, David F. Grose, Ruth Hurst Vose, Perran Wood, Huge Morley-Fletcher, John Carson, Roger Dodsworth, and Philippe Garner. The History of Glass. London: Orbis, 1984,
Nicholson, Paul T., and Jackson, Caroline M. “Tell el-Amarna and the Glassmakers’ Workshop of the Second Millennium BC.” In La Route du verre: Ateliers primaires et secondaires du second millénaire av. J.-C. au Moyen Age (pp. 11-21), edited by Marie-Dominique Nenna. Lyon: Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen-Jean Pouilloux, 2000.
Shortland, Andrew J. Lapis Lazuli from the Kiln: Glass and Glassmaking in the Late Bronze Age. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2012.
Tait, Hugh. 5000 Years of Glass. New ed. London: British Museum, 2012.
Taylor, Mark., and Hill, David. “Experimental Archaeology: Roman Furnace Project.” Glass News, no. 18 (July 2005): 8-9.
Wight, Karol. Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.
Borrowing Library Materials
If you wish to borrow copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library will lend designated books from its collection and will send copies of articles requested by other libraries. Your library can request items through the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system or by direct request through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please see our ILL website.
Please do not hesitate to contact us in the future with your glass-related questions!