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Figure 4: Postcard with caption: Bouteilles sourtant des fours a recuire (bottles coming out
of the annealing over) Verreies de Jumet (Jumet, Belgium), ca. 1910. (Photo: Wilmet,    
Momignies, Belgium)Rakow Library Chambon Collection.                                  

Women have played an important role in glassmaking, thought their achievements have often be overshadowed. 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).

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The Library and the Museum also have many great online resources on women in glass. 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. Our blog has multiple posts featuring the Tiffany women including Watercolor for Enamel-on-copper Covered Box with Yellow Daffodils, Mosaic-making at Louis C. Tiffany’s Studios, May Flowers at the Rakow Library: Design Drawings by the Tiffany Girls, and Notable Acquisitions: “Poppy” Inkstand. Other blogs on female artists include Women Artists in the Corning Museum of Glass and Women and Pyrex. 

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,  is "one of a handful of female scientific glassblowers ... her story, struggle and subsequent success in this field makes great listening." The Museum website also features an article by Reference and Research Librarian Gail Bardhan called Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women Working With Glass. Flameworkers, cutters, and women in factories are covered, as well as some famous female glass artists and researchers such as Katharine Lamb Tait, Eglington Margaret Pearson, and Ginny Ruffner.