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Old 02-07-2018, 06:38 PM
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Hot glass information exchange

Does the book Hot Glass Information Exchange have any influence on todays glass world? I have an original copy that looks like it has never been opened. Would it have any value to people in the world of glass?
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:28 PM
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I am interested!
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:59 AM
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Id love a copy of this as well. I think purely for nostalgia. Great illustrations !
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Isn't Joe Pfeifer still selling reprints approved by CMOG?
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Joe did obtain the reprint rights from Corning. They don't have to approve anything. After how Whitehouse Books butchered the cover, that would be ironic at best.

The book needs to be looked at from two perspectives. The first was that being at the Boulder Colo conference there was a simple price of admission: You had to submit a paper that addressed some technical issue found in the glass studio. That was it. We had a wide variety of issues at the time ranging from photography, which in 1978 was not a resolved issue to the small shop at all. John Nickerson's drawings of how to construct polishing equipment are extremely valuable to this day since he was such an excellent draftsman. Much of the information is quite pertinent today.

The other aspect of it was this was private studios at work, an appendage that the Academic community spent a great deal of time disparaging. Andy Billici From Alfred Univ was the only academic who contributed and also came to the Conference. Lipofsky was turned away at the door partially because he did not submit a paper and partly for grudge reasons by John Bingham. ( Go John!)

The call for papers went to every dept head in the US with a glass program. It was virtually universally ignored. It was the first time the private shops asserted that they had a place at the table in the larger community of glass. Within ten years, the schools would find that the private shops were leading the way in every imaginable part of glass, be it design, chemistry, equipment, you name it. The small shops ruled. I have said this before but I remain extremely proud of it: Neither Henry, John or I wanted to keep the proceeds from three printings of the book. We gave the money to the Rakow Library to buy its first computer with which they cataloged the Library.
Henry Summa is dead, I haven't seen or heard of John Bingham in over 20 years but I can tell you the women at the Rakow still remember. I get treated like royalty there. They always ask about John.

Glass notes is a better book, but this should be in anyone's library that is serious about process in glass.
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