GLASS IS WONDERFUL. When declared with feeling, this statement expresses the intense passion that I feel for my craft. It is, however, a woefully inadequate way to start a book about glass art techniques; it expresses neither the joy and opportunities for creative expression and satisfaction that can be gained from creating glass art, nor the time, effort, and commitment that we must give to learn techniques, develop designs, and create a unique piece. The challenge is always there: When we start and when we finish, glass is hard and stiff. It’s only when we are working with glass that we can cut it, melt it, shape it, arrange it, and manipulate it. Many times, it’s an unforgiving material. Yet the beauty in glass has captured hearts ...

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