This is a fascinating study of the nature of glass and the skills, techniques, and machines that have been developed to exploit its remarkable and mutable properties. As Cummings demonstrates, glass has evolved from a rare and precious commodity, to a familiar tool of everyday use, to an art form prized once again.
Keith Cummings is a distinguished glass artist and retired head of the Glass Department at Wolverhampton University, U.K, where he remains as a Reader in research studies. He has contributed to a number of publications, and his glasswork appears in public and private collections around the world. He is the author of "The Techniques of Kiln-formed Glass," also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.