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Excellent comprehensive reference
on 2 November 2004
As the kiln-formed glass tutor at York College, you may take this with a pinch of salt after reading the previous review, but I find this book an excellent reference for glass students, technicians and tutors alike. Anyone even thinking of working with glass should know that temperatures documented in books such as this are intended as a guide rather than specific as all kilns fire differently and tests should be made every time, for every project undertaken regardless. I constantly use this book as reference in my own lessons and find the detailed instructions for fusing, slumping and all forms of casting very helpful. There are lists of materials and their uses along with large colour photos which not only show the brilliance of the material and the range of techniques, but also give inspiration for ideas and applications. If you are an absolute beginner this book can be rather daunting as the language used is not too friendly and is very in-depth for people who are used to project-based books, but the images and the sheer weight of information make up for this.
If you are looking for a step-by-step guide, or for someone to have done all the research and development work for you, this is not the book for you. If you are really interested in investigation and creativity within kiln-formed glass and using it as an art-form rather than just a means of creating a fancy ashtray, this book is fantastic and I have never found another quite so comprehensive and inspirational.