I recently began working on a project requiring reference books (it’s a secret), and I was pleasantly surprised by how many glass books I own. Just for interests sake, I thought I’d give you a rundown of all of them and which ones are my favorites:

Dr. Fay V. Tooley (Ed). Handbook of Glass Manufacture, Volumes I (1961) and II (1974). Books for Industry, Inc. and Glss Industry Magazine.  New York, NY.

This is a set of college textbooks and whitepapers about glass manufacturing both historically and in current factories.  If you can, get the revised versions that were updated after Float glass became industry standard.  Not light reading, but solid science that you can use.  There are only very brief mentions of art glass.

Samuel R. Scholes and Charles H. Green. Modern Glass Practice (1975).  Cahner Publishers

Also a college textbook.  If you can, get the revised edition from the 1970’s.  So much amazing information about color mixing and oxides, as well as annealing and manufacturing.  This was recommended to me by a lampworker who calls it her “glass color bible”.

Stone, Graham. Firing Schedules for Glass (2000). Self Published, Melborne, AUS

This is a comb bound book with firing schedules for every possible thickness of glass you can imagine.  Graham has a dry wit that makes the book fun too.

Eberle, Bettina. Creative Glass Techniques (1997). Lark Books, Asheville NC

This was my first glass book, lots of pretty pictures.

Lundstrom, Boyce. Kiln Firing Glass (1983), Advanced Fusing Techniques (1989) and Glass Casting and Mold Making (1989), Vitreous Publications

Boyce’s 3 volume set of Glass Fusing Books were what got me started.  The books are geared toward art glass, but cover enough glass theory (which applies to all kinds of glass) that they are very useful indeed!

Reynolds, Gil. The Fused Glass Handbook (1990).  Hidden Valley Books, Scottsdale AZ.

Geared toward Art Glass users.

Please let me know in the comments of any other glass reference books that you’ve found useful, particularly in regards to using recycled glass.

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