The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has quite an intriguing selection of materials (books and DVDs/videos) many of which provide another feast for the eyes through their numerous photographs of spectacular glass pieces. Others - should you want to explore the possibilities of learning how to work with glass - give you a good idea of the pleasures and perils in the techniques used for the art and craft of glass working.
We have also added some fiction titles and some children's titles, each of which can launch you into the exciting world of glass.
Glass Blowing Techniques
Glass Blowing a Technical Manual
This is a book on how to build your own studio.
Glass: philosophy and method, hand-blown, sculptured, colored
Glass Notes: A Reference for the Glass Artist
q NK5104.h2 1996
Glass Notes is the text of choice for most if not all the glass programs in the U.S. and is commonly referred to as "The glass blower's bible."
Glass Working by Heat and by Abrasion
r TP859 .G56 1988
Originally published in 1899, this handbook contains, in a form convenient for everyday use, a comprehensive digest of the information on working glass by heat and by abrasion and supplies concise instruction on the general principles of the subject.
Glass Craft: Designing, Forming, Decorating
Glass: An Artist's Medium
Mt Lebanon Non-Fiction - 748.2 K63
Kohler is a much awarded artist and has taught glassblowing at universities and craft schools since 1992.
rq TT298 .K84 1974
Glassblowing a Search for Form
r TP859 .L57 1971
Harvey Littleton is known as the "father of the Studio Glass Movement."
The Kiln Book: Materials, Specifications & Construction (Kiln Book)
rq TT924.O44 2001x
This is the definitive guide on kiln design and construction for artisans and artists worldwide and offers complete plans and instructions for building kilns of all sizes and purposes.
The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking
A good book for setting up a workstation for beginners.
Glassblowing: An Introduction To Artistic And Scientific Flameworking
q TP859 .C37x
Formed of Fire
Dunham's instructional textbooks on lampworked glass technique are widely considered the "bible" in the field.
Making Glass Beads
Step-by-step instructions for plain glass, millefiori (thousand flowers), sculpted beads, and others.
The Art & Soul of Glass Beads: 17 Bead Artists Share Their Inspiration & Methods
Northland Nonfiction - 745.582 R21
This is a jewelry making book that features interviews with 14 glass bead artists as they create their work.
Flameworking: Glassmaking for the Craftsman
Warm Glass Techniques
q 748 A54
Warm Glass: A Complete Guide to Kiln-Forming Techniques: Fusing, Slumping, Casting
q TT298.B495 2005
A comprehensive and complete book, involving warm glass techniques, including problem solving and technical details.
Creative Glass Techniques: Fusing, Painting, Lampwork
Lark Books (August 1, 2005). ISBN: 1579907644. $16.47
A manual for three specialized techniques in working with glass: fusing, painting, and lampworking (shaping glass with a torch).
Fused Glass Handbook
q TT298 .R49 1987
A guide to learning kiln skills.
Books About Art and Artists
The Art Of Glass: Art Nouveau To Art Deco
q NK5109.85.A7 A778 1996
Glass Throughout Time: The History and Technology of Glassmaking from the Ancient World to the Present
q NK5101.5.I8 A5813 2003x
The history of glass and glassmaking is shown here through 400 works from ancient times to those created using the latest technology.
Artists Confronting the Inconceivable: Award Winning Glass Sculpture
q NB1270 .G4 A78 1992x
Jewish Holocaust in art
Chihuly: Form From Fire/ essays by Walter Darby Bannard, Henry Geldzahler
q NK5198.C43 A4 1993x
Chihuly Jerusalem 2000
q NK5198.C43 A4 2000c
Chihuly's Pendletons: And Their Influence On His Work
folio qNK5198.C43 A4 2000
Dale Chihuly: Installations, 1964-1992
q NK5198.C43 A4 1992x
Icicles: The Icicle Creek Chandelier
q NK5198.C43 A4 1998
q NK5198.C43 K87 1998x
The Essential Dale Chihuly
NK5198.C43 W37 2000x
Paul J. Stankard: Homage to Nature
r NK5198.S677 D54 1996
Stankard began crafting his first paperweights in 1971; by the end of that decade he had become nationally known. Today his work is in the collections of such museums as The Corning Museum of Glass, The Art Institute of Chicago, and others.
Higgins: Adventures In Glass
q NK4210.H497 A4 1997
Artists in Glass: Late Twentieth Century Masters in Glass
q NB1270.G4 K58 2001
A comprehensive and timely survey of the international art glass movement, exploring its dynamic history and its future at the beginning of the 21st century.
Women Working In Glass
q NK5112.K65 2003
q NK 5110 .L38 1996
500 Glass Objects: A Celebration Of Functional And Sculptural Objects
American Studio Glass: 1960-1990
q NK5112.L97 2004
Two Hundred Years Of American Blown Glass
q 738.2 M176
Durand: The Man and His Glass
q NK5198.V46 M48 1998
Out of the Fire: Contemporary Glass Artists and Their Work
Bethel Park Nonfiction - 730.0979 M
Miller introduces 30 contemporary artists in a volume that suggests the versatility of glass and engenders curiosity about glassworkers' techniques.
Mazorca: Objects Of Common Ceremony
Essays by Isabel Allende and James Yood ; photographs by Robert Vinnedge
q NK5198.M585 A4 2004x
Exhibited in collections from 2002 to 2004, these inscrutable idols, masks, figurines, rattles, vases, urns and beads are inspired by the Mesoamerican and Andean peoples of Central and South America.
William Morris: Animal/Artifact
q NK5198.M585 Y66 2000
Dante Marioni: Blown Glass
q NK5198.M3643 A4 2000
Pilchuck: A Glass School
q NK5112.O43 1996
Collectors Encyclopedia Of American Art Glass: A Vivid Color Guide To Numerous Art Glass Types
q NK5439.A77 S58 1999x
NK5152.M85 V445 2000
Published in connection with an exhibition held at the American Craft Museum, New York, N.Y., Sept. 13-Oct. 29, 2000, Nov. 21, 2000-Jan. 7, 2001.
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting, 1990-1999
q NK5102.C65 C674 2000
The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, houses a premier glass collection. Whitehouse, the museum's executive director, documents the most significant acquisitions made by the museum in 1990s, featuring a variety of international glasswork.
Glass: A Pocket Dictionary Of Terms Commonly Used To Describe Glass And Glassmaking
r TP788 .W48 1993
Glass Of The Roman Empire
NK5107.3 .W45 1988
International Glass Art
q NK5104.Y45 2003
Videos & DVDs
Alchemy in Light: Making Art Glass
Director: Kenneth Grimes
Art G - A
This is a video documentary about the creative and technical work of making art glass.
Art Glass Looking At The Basics
Art G - A
Studio glass in the 21st century
- Dale Chihuly has produced a number of amazing videos that have aired on PBS and other places.
Crafts By Hand. Blown Glass. Stained Glass
(VIDEO) TT24.N7 C734 1988x
In the blown glass segment, glassblower Andy Magdanz demonstrates how to make clear and colored glass pieces
Essential Lampworking 2
(DVD) TT298.E8735 2004x
For the intermediate glassworker, this program demonstrates how to make a five-piece vase.
(DVD) TT298.E8737 2006x
Demonstrates basic and advanced boro marble techniques
Ancient Glass in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
rq NK5107 .C37 1980x
Bakewell, Pears & Co.: Glass Catalogue
NK5198.B34 B3 1977x
Bining, William J.
The Glass Industry of Western Pennsylvania, 1797-1860
rq HD9623.U46 P463 1936x
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Stained Glass in Pittsburgh; an Index to Stained Glass Artists Whose Work is Located in Pittsburgh
qr 748 C216 (1944)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Water-glass; a Bibliography, comp. by Morris Schrero
r 016.6614 S37
Commoner and American Glass Worker
1887 to 1889. (microfilm)
Drawn to the Surface: Artists in Clay and Glass
[exhibition organized by Sande Deitch]
q NK4008 .D7 1987x
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 
Glass worker (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
The glass worker.
Microfilm - 1911 to 1925.
"Dedicated to the American glass industry, its progress first and always."
Early Glass of the Pittsburgh District, 1797-1890
Exhibited at Carnegie Museum, April 21 to Sept. 6, 1949
Pittsburgh Glass, 1797-1891: a History and Guide for Collectors
q NK5112 .I55
International Survey of Contemporary Art Glass
NK5439.A77 I58 1994x
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Wood Street Galleries and Concept Art Gallery
Glass: Shattering Notions
A companion to The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania exhibition Glass, Shattering Notions, The Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, opening April 1998.
q NK5112.M33 1998x
M'Kee Victorian Glass: Five Complete Glass Catalogs from 1859/60 to 1871
NK5198.M56 A4 1981
Nichols, Sarah C.
Contemporary Directions: Glass from the Maxine and William Block Collection
rq NK5110.N53 2002
"Published on the occasion of the exhibition Contemporary Directions: Glass from the Maxine and William Block Collection, organized by Carnegie Museum of Art (April 6-July 7, 2001) and at the Toledo Museum of Art (exhibition November 21, 2003-February 15, 2004)"
Palmer, Arlene M.
Artistry and Innovation in Pittsburgh Glass, 1808-1882: from Bakewell & Ensell to Bakewell, Pears & Co.
PENNA q NK5101.P6 F75 2004x
Reprint of Geo. Duncan and Sons Catalog of Fine Flint Glassware, circa 1890
Bookmobile Center - Non-Fiction Collection - NK5198.G4 A4 1984
Geo. Duncan and Sons (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Catalogs.
Tannler, Albert M.
A Tour of Later Gothic Revival: Architecture and Stained Glass in Metropolitan Pittsburgh
r NK5312.T36 2000x
United States Glass Company
Catalogs from around 1900
The main protagonist in this mystery, Gerard Logan, is a glassblower.
A film by Werner Herzog, set in the pre-industrial past, that tells of a German village that looses the secret of making its unique Ruby glass.
DVD - foreign film (German)
Through a Glass, Darkly
In this mystery, Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates a murder on Murano, the famed island of glassmakers in Venice.
FICTION Leon, Do
Alien in a Bottle
With the help of a star-gazing classmate and an unusual assortment of aliens from outer space, teenager Sean Winger tries to find a way to convince his parents to let him pursue his dream of becoming a glass blower.
A Day In The Life Of A Colonial Glassblower
Mt Lebanon J Non-Fiction - j 748.29 Bra
In Mexico, a little girl goes on a journey to learn to be a glassblower and gains confidence along the way.
qj Fic Geeslin
Fire Into Ice: Adventures In Glass Making
Three Golden Rivers
Foreword and afterword by Margaret Mary Kimmel.
When recently orphaned sixteen-year-old Jenny and her younger brother and sisters move to Pittsburgh, their resourcefulness makes possible a career in glassmaking for Stephen.
Mt Lebanon J Non-Fiction - j 363.7285 Tho