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Image: Entrusted Fragility. Saman Kalantari, Artist. 2015. Gift of the artist. CMoG 2015.4.9.

The following items in the library collection are excellent sources for pâte de verre recipes:

James Kervin, Pâte de Verre and Kiln Casting of Glass, 2nd completely rev. ed (Livermore, Calif.: GlassWear Studios, 2000).

Offers specifics explanation of various binders (such as water, oils, gum Arabic, etc) and how they work, or don't work, to make pastes for pâte de verre. Kervin also describe how the pastes should behave when fully mixed and applied to surfaces. Useful information on temperature settings and cleaning the equipment is also included.


Keith Cummings, Techniques of Kiln-formed Glass, rev. reprint (London: A&C Black, 2001).

Describing Argy-Rousseau's pate-de-verre method, particularly when applied to a mould surfaces.

You can also view Cummings' research on Almaric Walter in another library resource:

Stewart, Max, et al. The Amalric Walter Research Project : The Techniques and Methodology of Almaric Walter 1870-1959 /. University of Wolverhampton, 2007.


Philippa Beveridge, Warm Glass: A Complete Guide to Kiln-Forming Techniques: Fusing, Slumping, Casting (New York: Lark Books, 2005)

Beveridge uses methylcellulose glue (MCG), mixed according to the manufacturer's instructions, with the ground glass for making a flat piece of pate de verre.


Be sure to check out the Library's online research guide: Pâte de Verre.


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