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These links provide information about Roman mold/mould blowing:

1) Metropolitan Museum of Art: 

This link also lists good resources for more information about molds and mold blowing in Roman times.

2) Roman Glassmakers: AND (explore other pages as well)

Information about Roman mold blown glass by contemporary glassblowers who have reproduced an ancient furnace, tools, molds, and techniques. They sell reproduction Roman mold blown glass and have a variety of articles on their website explaining their theories and experiments.

Their articles include a bibliography for further study.

3) Video showing mold blowing, Roman-style, being finished, as researched by Bill Gudenrath at CMoG:

4) This book is devoted to Roman mold blown glasses and the author speculates about the technique: Stern, E. Marianne. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth
. Rome: "L'Erma" di Bretschneider, 1995.


The industrial revolution brought machines that use molds to blow glass. For example, this document describes several types of contemporary bottle making using mechanized molds:

This website has an extensive discussion of a wide variety of molds used to blow glass bottles, both by hand and by machine:

Similar techniques and molds were used for other types of tableware.

This catalog gives an excellent overview of blow molds:

Taylor, Gay LeCleire. "Out of the mold": a special exhibition. Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village. April 7 through October 26, 1990; text by Gay LeCleire Taylor. Millville, New Jersey : Wheaton Historical Association, Wheaton Village, 1990. 24 p.

Mike Firth's website includes detailed instructions of the molds he used in a class: and Explore his website for more information about molds and mold blowing.

Search the Internet for videos of studio glass workers using mold blowing - there are lots of them! For example, here is a link to blowing a large mold blown piece: "With assistance from University of Louisville glass students and faculty, S.G. creates a life-sized human torso in hot glass using the mold-blowing process." 

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Does this answer your question? If you would like more information, or a bibliography of resources about mold blowing, please contact me.



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