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Dear Friend,

I'm sending a list of some online glass dictionaries - there are many more available online.

I would start with the one on our Corning Museum of Glass website (glass history and glassmaking terms):

Bray's books are not online, but if you're seriously interested in studio glass terms, it may be worth the investment:

Bray, Charles.  Ceramics and glass: a basic technology.  Sheffield, England: Society of Glass Technology, 2000.            Excellent technical overview for the artist.   <Ref: TP857.B82; Microforms F-17791>

Bray, Charles.  Dictionary of Glass: Materials and Techniques. 2nd ed.  London: A & C Black; Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.  […a reference source for the small glass workshop and studio…background information on the materials, processes & techniques relating to glassmaking].   <Ref:  Stacks TP788.B82 2001>

They are also available via Interlibrary Loan (see below).

Additional dictionaries include:

Glass Industry:

British Glass - About Glass:

Historical terms:

Parks Canada Glossary (glass tableware, bottles, etc.):


Glass Encyclopedia:


Stained glass:

Stained Glass Assoc. of America – glossary:

Stained Glass Assoc of America – history: (includes terms in use)

Glass Patterns Quarterly:

Spectrum (glass company):


Italian glass:

Barovier & Toso (glass company):


Studio Glass and Popular dictionaries (use with caution)


Mike Firth: Glossary List

-         Glossary of Hot Bits & Other Details

-         Glossary of Blown Glass Objects

-         Glossary of Materials & Terms Used in Furnace Glassblowing

-         Glossary of Tools and Equipment

-         Glossary of Other Words

-         Glossary of Sources of Tools, Materials, Info, etc.

-         Glossary of Shop Tools and when they are used

-         Coldworking including drilling & cutting glass

-         Glossary of Glass Terms - Art Nouveau to Art Deco

-         Glossary of Paperweight Identification Terms

-         Glossary from Sotheby’s Concise Encyclopedia of Glass

-         Glossary from Illustrated Guide to Collecting Bottles

-         Huge Site of Glass, Window, & Stained Glass Terms

-         Master Index of Glossary Words

-         Glossary Center

House of Glass:





Optical glass:

If you wish to obtain copies of printed library items, 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. For further information, please see our web page:

If these materials do not answer your questions, I will be happy to search further.

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