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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2008
This book gives reliable practical information, in an outstandingly clear and accessible format. It also gives a clear explanation of the technical issues involved in working warm glass so that the practical information can be applied with understanding. Particularly useful are the figures illustrating the behaviour of glass at different temperatures, and the excellent graphs representing various firing processes. This is always the book I pick up when I want to work out a new firing program.
Covering basic equipment, including kiln choice, and specifics of fusing, slumping, casting and pate de verre, I would recommend this book for anyone working with a glass kiln, or thinking about working with one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2010
On the face of it, this is a beautiful book, with lots of gorgeous colour photos and packed with technical information. However, as a beginner, I found it extremely heavy going and it left me with the impression that fusing glass is impossibly complicated. I'm sure the numerous firing schedule diagrams and meticulous listing of types or colours of glass that need special treatment will be useful to intermediate and experienced artists, but I would not recommend it for a complete beginner.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2007
A great book, packed with information, the best reference I have found for kiln-formed glass - I recommend it to anyone interested in glass, both history and current techniques
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2006
this book is a gem, well written, clear and straight forward. While at the same time being inspiring. wether your an artist, hobbyist or just an interested person this book has alot to offer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2010
This is a complete text that explaine clearly the basic skills of working with glass fusing.
It's really accurate; I'm sorry that there's not the italian version.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2009
A useful book for anyone starting to make fused glass. Clear instructions and examples. Beautifully produced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2010
As someone who has never tried any work with glass before, I was looking for a good introductory book to help me decide whether to pursue this as a hobby. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when this arrived.
It seems ideal for my purpose - well laid out and clear, with enough of the basics to feel like you've got a good grasp of what this might involve, a good level of detail which suggests you might come back to it for reference later on, as well as beautiful examples and some projects for inspiration.

It is a good 'coffe table' size and I am looking forward to some fun evenings reading it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2010
Some wonderful ideas and very good practical advice. Has everything you need to get started in this wonderful craft.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2010
Lovely book offering lots of useful information and advice. I am looking for an opportunity to have a go.
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on 23 November 2012
Beautiful presentation, excellent photos, very comprehensive but I was not at all impressed with the editing. Some places it was most unclear what was being described, other places it was far too technical. I suspect that part was written by somewhat whose first language is not English and while being very good, it led to some awkwardness in the writing. The book was somewhat hampered by targeting a wide audience (both Europe and the US) which meant using both Imperial and Metric measurements - "take a piece of float glass between 5 and 8 inches long (12.7cm to 20.32cm)! If the piece of glass to be selected had to be of a size so imprecise (5 to 8 inches), why bother with such precision when quoting the metric equivalent?
I feel a bit guilty being so negative about such a good book but there were a lot of things like those mentioned that niggled and reduced the pleasure of reading it!
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