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Drew Jaeger 11-21-2007 03:27 PM

Best Hot Glass Book?
Hi all,

First post from me. I am a total newb when it comes to hot glass and I plan on taking some classes but prior to that I'd like to do some reading. What do people find is the best book or books that give a good overview on tools and techniques?

I do some kilnformed glass myself so I'm not unfamiliar with the medium but want to expand into hot glass someday soon.


Jim Vormelker 11-21-2007 04:49 PM

1. Beginning Glassblowing - Ed Schmid
2. Advanced Glassblowing - same man!
3. Glass Notes Ver 4.0 - Henry Halen.

#3 is more about hardware - you really want to absorb a good deal of that even if you are never going to build an anything or own your own shop.

Kathy Poeppel 11-23-2007 04:47 PM

Also worth a look:

"Art of Fire: Beginning Glassblowing", by Jim McKelvey at Third Degree Glass in St. Louis.

David Patchen 11-23-2007 09:33 PM

I can't say enough good things about Ed Schmid's books. If you're learning to blow glass and don't have both of them you're at a significant disadvantage.

I met Ed at Pilchuck 1.5 years ago and he's a super nice guy to boot. But I'd endorse his books even if he wasn't ;) They're that helpful--for the first few years I learned a ton from them.

Drew Jaeger 11-27-2007 08:09 AM

Thanks! They've all been added to my wish list.

Anyone have any others to suggest?


Scott Novota 11-27-2007 08:37 AM

Not a book but really really great DVD is William Gudenrath's

An Introduction to Furnace Glassblowing,593.htm

It will have you making very nice tumbers in no time.


Jane Greer 11-27-2007 09:16 AM

Theres another one I like, Its called "Glassblowing Techniques". I will have to go to the studio to find out the author but its a good addition to Ed's books

Jeff Hoover 11-27-2007 09:39 AM

Jim McKelvey has a very thorough book and DVD (6 hours, 4 disks):
One thing that's cool about it is that he teaches ways to practice hot techniques cold, like practicing a gather on a pipe using a bucket of water instead of a furnace of glass. It sounds hokey, but I think it's good.

If you're going to buy Schmid's books, consider buying directly from him:
Not only does he get more of a cut that way, he'll add a snappy autograph if you want! And for fun, get his Bathroom Reader as well - it contains great stories of hot-shop disasters and so on with some actual wisdom thrown in.

Finally there's another book which is more technology / philosophy / history oriented:
A Glassblower's Companion by Dudley Giberson

Drew Jaeger 11-27-2007 10:13 AM


Originally posted by Scott Novota
Not a book but really really great DVD is William Gudenrath's

An Introduction to Furnace Glassblowing,593.htm

I just found they have the VHS version of this for $5. Since I still have one of those dinosaurs in my house I think I'll have to spring for it. It also helps to work at a school that has a nice VHS to DVD machine.,594.htm


Scott Novota 11-27-2007 11:11 AM

I have to say that every day that I blow glass I make a tumbler. I start that day out with one and most of the time end the day with one. Kind of one of those things that I can make well and I enjoy making.

It is one of those things that you can never really do enough times because honestly they are fun to make and people love them. I give them away like brownies to everyone that comes over to the house. I give them away as gifts when I goto parties. Hell I have even been known to sell them from time to time. Alas, knowing how to make a fat tumbler, thin tall tumber, normal tumbler and mean to make each of them before you start will lend itself well to future shapes. As your skills get better the cups will start to get thinner then the next thing you know you have these paper thin cups that are light as air.

Have fun.


Drew Jaeger 12-26-2007 08:47 AM

Thanks for the tips all. I added most of these books to my Christmas list and was very surprised to find that my future mother-in-law bought me a copy of Glass Notes v.4. After she couldn't find it in the book stores one of them gave her the publisher's name and when she called she talked to Henry Halem's wife. Henry then called her back directly to confirm the address and to ask if she wanted him to sign it to me.

Now that is a keeper of a mother-in-law.


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