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Glass Blowing: A Technical Manual Hardcover – November 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood Press (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861265212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861265210
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aimed at novices, students, and enthusiasts, and featuring 200 color photos and drawings, this stunning work reveals the secrets of the glass blower’s art.

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Ed Burke founded E+M Glass with his wife Margaret in 1988 in the northern borders of Wales and England. Their work is characterized by Ed's bold use of bright colours and Margaret's exciting, deeply etched designs. They travel around the world holding courses, attending trade shows and selling their work.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By T. Trower on April 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The sub-title on this book is "a technical manual" which is just not accurate. This book is an excellent overview of some of the techniques and tools used in furnace type glass blowing. It is not a technical or instructional manual, or a least not a good one. Anyone who wants to learn how to blow glass should go buy a copy of Edward T. Schmid's books and work from them.

This book is written in a narrative style as if it were a complete set of instructions as to the glass blowing process but it tends to make some big assumptions as to the students pre-existing knowledge and glosses over the details of the process. Worst of all it give some very bad advice as to eye protection, instructing beginning glassblowers to utilize didymium eyeglasses for safety. Didymium's are intended to protect the lampworkers eyes from the sodium flare created when working soft glass at the torch. They offer little or no protection from infra-red radiation which is the greatest danger to the eyes of the furnace glassblower. The false sense of security is worse than no protection at all since the dark tint of didymiums will open the pupil and allow even greater amounts infra-red to reach the retina than would if the didymiums were not there. At least the person without any eye protection will not stare into the glory hole for prolonged periods.

I also find the sequence of instruction to be very inappropriate. Immediately after the author introduces the student to the basic use of color rod and powdered color he jumps ahead to one of the most difficult techniques to master, incalmo (encalmo), the joining of two separately blown vessels in to a single vessel while still hot on the blowpipe.

My last complaint is less important but bothersome to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David T. Olsen on April 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been playing with hot glass for some time now. I found this book like the many instructors I have been taught by very helpful. One book can not be all to all. Pratt school of fine art in Seattle Washington suggest that we learn from many teachers. If you only have 3 books on glass blowing Ed Schmids two books are great and James Mckelvey The Art of Fire is a third. I have many books and like this one and am glad to have it.

Dave
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay Hamilton on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After retiring from a long teaching career, I began a glass blowing apprenticeship. I learned from and am inspired by the technical information and photographs in this book, comprehensive in its brief history of glassblowing, descriptions of equipment and studio layout, step by step directions for making blown obects both for beginner objects and for advanced stemware. I found it easy to read as a beginner, and it remains a reliable resource as I grow in skill and understanding.
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By Suzanne Copper on December 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CSC on January 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Agreed. This isn't everything for everyone. There is information for building a hot shop. The scope is beyond most people, but there is good information on the components required and the basic fabrication and assembly techniques. I you can afford a hot shop, you can afford assistance in fabrication and installing the gas system. Good luck.
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