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Fledgling Studio Glass Art

Updated on August 4, 2013

Out-of-print and hard-to-find books and information for glass artists and collectors

I love GLASS. It's what I do.

For almost 40 years I've worked with glass in many forms. Stained glass, fused glass, blown glass... glass, glass, glass!

And I collect information about glass. Books, catalogs, pamphlets, photos, postcards... All types of glass info, especially the old stuff that you rarely find anymore.

Some of it I resell on eBay.

Most of it is piling up in my office/studio.

When I find something I think should still be available to other glass artists/collectors, I republish it.

 

So far, I've republished two rare glassworking books - one on Painting and Firing Stained Glass, and another one on Glass Blowing with a torch and glass rods and tubes (also known as Lampwork).

 

Another recent project is a vintage book on Lampwork (see the cover photo at the top of this 'Lens'). This one has just been updated and digitally "republished" as a PDF format e-Book so you can instantly download and read it right on your computer!

It's called The Starving Artist's Guide to Glass Blowing, and it's currently available from my website. Right now, it costs only $9.97, but you'd better get a copy right away... Before I have to raise the price.

Buy it and download it any time, whether it's the middle of the day, or the middle of the night!

 

By popular demand we've set up a store at CafePress offering shirts, hats, and other useful stuff featuring vintage images from our collection of rare and out-of-print books, prints, photos, catalogs, and other glass-related ephemera.

Check it out by clicking on the picture below!

GlassWEAR - "Glass you can WEAR"


T-shirts and other useful items featuring vintage Images from our Glass Archives
Click here to take a look NOW!

 

 

I'll be adding more to this lens as I find the time, but for now, you can learn about my Glass Library, my favorite Glass Book Sources, and more Glass Links by following this link to my website at; www.FledglingStudio.com

Here are a few glass books we really like

All of these (and a few hundred more) are in our own library.

Shouldn't they be in yours, too?

Click on a title for more information and best price.

Creative Glass Blowing: Scientific and Ornamental
Creative Glass Blowing: Scientific and Ornamental

Here's an older lampworking how-to that has lots of well-illustrated step-by-step instructions.

 
Glass Blowing
Glass Blowing

This little book was originally published by the A.C. Gilbert company in the 1920's for one of their scientific experiment sets. The equipment has changed since then, but the techniques are the same.

 
The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking
The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking

A terrific book on all facets of making glass beads with the torch.

 
Glass Blowing: A Technical Manual
Glass Blowing: A Technical Manual

Here's a recent book about offhand glassblowing - the kind where you dip molten glass out of a furnace with a blowpipe.

 

Watch This Space

New acquisitions, announcements, and more

"The Starving Artist's Guide to Glass Blowing -

Creating Artistic Glass With Scrap Glass and a Torch" is now available for immediate download!

"The Starving Artist's Guide" is a vintage book on Lampwork that has been updated and digitally "reprinted" as a PDF format e-Book so you can instantly download and read it right on your computer!

It's available directly from my website: www.FledglingStudio.com.

Buy it and download it any time, whether it's the middle of the day, or the middle of the night!

More good books for glass artists - You need these

1000 Glass Beads: Innovation & Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking (500 Series)
1000 Glass Beads: Innovation & Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking (500 Series)

Wow! If you're a beadmaker, or just a bead lover, you need this book. It truly is inspiring.

 
Beginning Glassblowing
Beginning Glassblowing

This is the best book currently available for the beginning glassblower!

 
Glassblowing: The Technique of Free-blown Glass
Glassblowing: The Technique of Free-blown Glass

A bit older, but filled with well-illustrated how-to info, including plans for a simple glass furnace.

 
Studio Glassmaking
Studio Glassmaking

This one is smaller than the one above, but still has lots of good how-to info. It even has plans for building a simple glass furnace.

 

Glassblower in action

They make it look so easy!

This makes it all look so easy, but not all of the pieces make it into the annealer. Plenty of them hit the floor allong the way.

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