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Suppliers list for the Flameworker and Glass Artist

This is a short list of suppliers, books, magazines and organizations that relate to glass artists in some way shape or form. If you have a favorite supplier or book that you would like to see listed here, please let me know.
 

 

 

 

Rod, Frit and Other Glass Products

 

 

Bullseye Glass Co.
3722 SE 21st Ave. Portland Or. 97202
(503) 232-8887
fusing glass and lampworking rods, sheet and frit
 
East Bay Batch & Color
Therese 800 322-6567
200 South First St. Richmond CA 94804
New Chec soft glass colored rod & Gaffer color bar
 
C&R Loo
800-227-1780
Color bar and lampworking and fusing supplies
 
Pacific Glass John Williams
125 West 157th. St. Gardena, CA. 90248
800 421-5170 X 22 310-516-0335
 
Olympic Color Rods
818 John St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
1-800-445-7742
All the color bar powder & frit you need.
They also carry the full line of Jim Moore Tools.
 
Glass Warehouse
800-833-0410 Fax 609-825-9014
P.O. Box 1039 Millville NJ 08332-8039
Duran Borosilicate tube and rods
 
Kimble Glass
800 257-7045 Fax 800-331-2714
537 CRYSTAL AVE VINELAND NJ 08360
Borosilicate tube and rods
Glass Alchemy, Ltd.
contact: Lani Schreibstein
phone: 503-460-0545
address: 6539 NE 59th Place
Portland OR 97218
http://www.glassalchemyarts.com
NorthStar Glassworks Inc.
503-684-6986 Fax 503-670-0978
9450 SW Tigard St. Tigard Or. 97223
Borosilicate color rods, frits and powders
Dichroic Alchemy – Liberating Creativity in Glass.
Toll Free: 1-866-4 DICHRO or email us at: order@dichroicalchemy.com
Questions: 541-726-7339
colored boro tube and things
Hacker Glass Co.
6306 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90621
Ph. 714-521-9693 fax 714-523-0889 (Pyrex Glass)
 
Thompson Enamel
650 Colfax Avenue, Newport KY 41073.
Phone: (859) 291-3800. Fax: (859) 291-1849
 
Merchants of Venice
P.O. Box 327
Riderwood, MD 21139
410-252-0486 (Moretti/Effetre glass)
 
Hot Glass
231 S. Whisman Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94041
415-965-2266  
 
Witeg Scientific
14235 Commerce Drive, Garden Grove CA 92643.
Phone: (714) 265-1855. Fax: (714) 265-1860.
Duran tube & rod
Houde Glass
1177 McCarter Hwy.
Newark, NJ 07104
800-526-1275
973-481-1524 (fax)

 

 

Hand Tools

 

Jim Moore Tools Phone, Fax 360 379 2936 

PO BOX 1151
Port Townsend WA 98368

The best Off-hand glass blowing hand tools! Excellent!

Steinert Industries, Inc.

Address: 1507 Franklin Avenue – Kent, OH 44240

Office phone: 330-678-0028 or 1-800-727-7473 FAX number: 330-678-8238

Optic molds, blowpipes and hand tools

General Purpose Flameworking Suppliers

Wale Apparatus Co. Michael DeMasi PO Box D. Hellertown, PA 91055

Phone: 610-838-7047 or 800-334-Whale fax 610 838-7440 e-mail WaleApp@aol.com

Wale also offers a wide range of lampworking supplies. They offer torches, ovens, lathes, and just about any hand tool you might need. Get their catalog.

Frantz Art Glass & supply

130 West Corporate Road, Shelton WA 98584 USA.

toll free 1-800-839-6712 or direct 1-360-426-6712 or fax to 1-360-427-5866.

glass / beadmaking supplies, Kilns Designed by Brian Kerkvliet & Moretti up the wazoo!

Arrow Springs,

4301 A Product Drive
Shingle Springs, CA  95682
1(800) 899-0689
http://www.ArrowSprings.com
flameon@ArrowSprings.com
Manufacturer and supplier to the flameworking Industry. Makes tools, Kilns and controllers. Has other supplies.

Litton Labs Tim O’Brien

P.O. Box 950 1300 East Main Street

Grass Valley, CA 95945-0950

Phone: 800-821-8866

Manufacturers of the Litton glassblowing lathe.

Http://www.littonengr.com

Glasscraft, Inc.

626 Moss Street
Golden, CO 80401-4047
Call 303-278-4670 to place your order by phone or
toll-free 888-272-3830 Fax 303-278-4672.

L & K Tooling
350 Park Street, Waynesboro, PA  17268   

Phone/Fax (717) 762-1366 

Quality Custom Tooling Specializing in Tools For Glass Blowers & Lampworkers 

Houde Glass Company

1177 McCarter Hwy

Newark, NJ 07104 Phone: 800-526-1275

This company may require a business license before doing business; they are a wholesale distributor, but mostly of stained glass – they do offer cane of various types, and tools.

Ed Hoy’s

1620 Frontenac Rd. Naperville, IL 60563-1762

Phone: 800-468-4527
Publishes a book on glassblowing; they require a copy of a business license before they will give the time of day to anyone!

Nortell Machining Peter Norten

Toronto Canada (416) 438-3325
Manufacturers of the minor, midrange and major burners.

Glass Torch Technologies

GTT by phone : 610 – 838 – 2446 

Premier Industries,

980 Osborn Rd.N.E.

Findly, Mn 55432. Phone is 612-786-4020 Fax is 612-786-5424.

National blowpipes had been made for many years in Richmond, California by Veriflow corp. Now they are made by Premier Industries This new version of the old 3-A blowpipe has the same valves, and threading. It will take the same tips that one might have from any older National blowpipe.

HPC (formerly High Purity Chemical) Linda or Peggy

2730 NE Riverside Wy

Portland, OR 97211 Phone: 503-249-2985

Corning stocking distributor of tubing and rod; lamp shop discount 50% (set up an account with them to buy more than a case at a time, and they will give you a 50% discount from list price.)
Northwest Art Glass,

9003 151st Avenue NE, Redmond WA 98052.

Phone: (206) 861-9600. (800) 888-9444. Fax: (206) 861-9300.

Big M Stained Glass

3201 4th Avenue South, Seattle WA 98108.

Phone: (206) 624-3962. Fax: (206) 624-2294. 

D&L Stained Glass Supply, Inc.

4939 N. Broadway, Boulder CO 80304.

Phone: (303) 449-8737. (800) 525-0940. Fax: (303) 442-3429. 

Sundance Art Glass Center

231 South Whisman Road, Mountain View CA 94041.

Phone: (415) 964-7248. 415-965-2266 888-4HOTGLASS General supplier

Southern cross glass
Peter Minson
21 queen street
binalong australia nsw 2584
microlite@ozemail.com.au
www.southerncrossglass.com
Flameworking suplies for Australia

Glass Grinding suppliers

Hi Tech Diamond Products

750 Easy st. Simi Valley, Ca. 93065 805 522-6211

HIS Glassworks 1-800-914-7463 fax 704-254-2581

Magnetic diamond pads and punty grinding wheels

Novelty Stuido
13685 Sperry Rd.
Novelty, OH 44072
makes torch marvers.

Safety products

Aura Lens Products

Phone: 320/253-0919 FAX: 320/253-1239 Toll Free: 800/281-2872

51 – 8th Street North Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Contact: Mike or Bob Aurelius
Manufactures of AUR-92, AGW 186 safety glasses and more!

Phillips safety products

700 Cedar Avenue
Middlesex, NJ 08846
Tel: 1.888.440.9797 (US)
International: 1.732.356.1493
Fax: 1.732.356.7127
Email: info@phillips-safety.com
Safty glasses

Specialty Products

Dichroic Coatings by Sandberg

Gerald & Nona Sandberg

856 N. Commerce St. Orange, CA 92867
phone #714-538-0888
fax #714-538-2767
We are open to the public for walk-in by appointment tue-fri 10am-3pm.

We are closed Sat, Sun and Mon. We carry Spectrum, Bullseye, Uroboros, Moretti, Pyrex and Float.

Allen H. Graef – Dichroic Glass

31823 East Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804

310-494-3823

Austin Thin Films Inc. Glenn Brown

800 Palovan Dr. Suite 100 Round Rock,TX. 512 246-1122 Fax.512 246-1133
dichroic coatings

Sepp Leaf Products, Inc.

212-683-2840
silver, gold & palladium foils

Glow Glass

Sedona Glow Glass Company
mojo@glowglass.com Moraine and Joseph Imler
1006 N. Catclaw St. Cottonwood, Az. 86326
928-639-3838
Open 7 days a week. They have 90 and 96 coe “Glow Frit”

 Kilns and controllers

Jen-Ken Kilns, 3615 Ventura Dr.W., Lakeland, Fl. 33811;

800-329-KILN.. Phone: (813) 648-0585. Fax: (813) 648-0585.
Makes controllers and kilns.

AIM Kilns

TOLL FREE 800-AIM KILN (246-5456) e-mail: aimkiln@msn.com

phone    (541) 758-8133    FAX (541) 758-8051

Digitry Company, Inc.

188 State Street Suite 21
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-774-0300
FAX: 617-484-5220
Web: www.digitry.com
EMail: info@digitry.com
Controllers, both for single and multiple kilns, thermocouples, relays, and plug boxes.

Denver Glass Machinery

2800 S. Shoshone Street, Englewood CO 80110.

Phone: (303) 781-0980. (303) 781-0982. Fax: (303) 781-9067. 

TimeWork Kilns –

This kiln was developed for the lampworker. They are excellent for single pieces or large scale production work. For quick and easy access to your work, the cantilever door lifts upwards and automatically reseats every time it is closed for a tight fit to minimize heat loss.

HUB Consolidated, inc.

we have been serving the glass world with heavy equipment and tools for years. John has been designing glass tools and equipment for 15 years. We sell a full line of melting furnaces, glory holes, ovens, blow pipes, punties, many torches, and even more. We are a distributor of Harbision walker, AP Green, minteq and unifrax refractories offering very competitive pricing to glass workers.

Set point controllers

Watlow 5710 Kenosha St. Richmond, Ill. 60071 815)678-2211

Makes a nice, simple line of controllers that , can be mounted in a box with a relay. Check out these series: 365 analog set point, 935 digital set point with a timer,
965 digital set point with a ramp, 982 has six steps and four programs, at a good price.

Love Controls corp. 1475 S. Wheeling Rd. Wheeling, ILL. 60090 (312)541-2323

OMEGA P.O. box 2284 Stamford, Ct. 06906 (800)826-6342

 
 

Publications that you should have in your library:

 

 
Ed’s Big Handbook of Glassblowing.
Handwritten and drawn by the author, this humorous and useful handbook is a must for anyone interested in or currently occupied in the art of glass blowing. An easy-to-follow format is combined with descriptive pictures to cover all the pertinent tools, processes and techniques. Also included is a glossary of glassblowing terminology. 88 pages. $24.95

Edward T. Schmid.
ISBN 0-9638728-0-V. Ed Schmid,
Yew, Bellingham, WA 98226. (360) 733-3497
 
Order yours today from Glass mtn. Studios
 
ADVANCED GLASSWORKING TECHNIQUES
by Edward T. Schmid

If you ever wondered, “How’d they do that?” this is the book for you. It is a virtual cornucopia of information.

Advanced Glassworking Techniques takes you from the basics through special techniques with step-by-step instructions and numerous drawings. $32.95 320 pages

ISBN 09638728-1-8

Ed Schmid,
927 Yew, Bellingham, WA 98226.
(360) 733-3497
 
 

Contemporary Lampworking

 

A Practical Guide to Shaping Glass in the Flame

 

Author Bandhu Dunham has served on the teaching staff at Pilchuck and Penland School of Crafts, his work is in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass. This practical how-to text and survey of modern lampworked art. Invaluable to artists and collectors alike.“If you only have one book, it would be wise to consider this one. If you have many books this will be your best one. If you are teaching glass, this book should be required reading for the class because it not only teaches what people must learn, it also replaces some former misconceptions with accurate information”

-As reviewed in Independent Glassblower Magazine

Topics include:

  • History of lampworking
  • Studio setup
  • Basic and Advanced techniques
  • making glass Beads, marbles & paperweights
  • mixing and working colored Borosilicate glass
  • Health and safety guidelines
  • Suppliers & sources
  • Annealing, decoration, and more!
Safety Books
HEALTH HAZARDS MANUAL FOR ARTISTS by Michael McCann, PhD, CIH. (1994).
Health Hazards Manual for Artists. 4th ed. Lyons and Burford, New York, NY. 132 pp.
The Artist’s complete Health and Safety Guide by Monona Rossol
This comprehensive book describes in detail many of the toxic and hazardous substances that are
commonly found in artist’s studios and what you can do to avoid exposure.
Published by Allworth Press ISBN 1-880559-18-8
Ventilation by Nancy Clark, Thomas Cutter, Jean-Ann McGrane
A practical guide for artists, craftspeople and others in the arts. Details what is needed to achieve
sufficient ventilation in your studio so as to minimize you exposure to bad air.
Published by Lyons & Burford ISBN 0-94130-46-0
Flameworking Books
Contemporary Lampworking: A Practical Guide to Shaping Glass in the Flame by Bandhu Dunham.
The best flameworking book! See above
Glassblowing: An Introduction to Solid and Blown Glass Sculpturing by Homer Hoyt. Lots of
good illustrations. Published by Crafts and Arts Publishing ISBN 0-9624404-0-x
Scientific Glassblowing by E. L. Wheeler
Aimed primarily at laboratory glassblowers, however this book has a lot of information that would be useful to the
artistic Flameworker as well
Glass: Philosophy & Method by John Burton
Considered to be the father of lampworking in this country, John Burton shares his love of glass through historical
pictures and his own experiences with flameworking. Out of print. ISBN 67-28894
Creative Glassblowing by James Hammesfahr and Clair Strong
This book describes a variety of basic lampworking techniques. Some useful info on how to make simple tools.
Glass Technology Books
Glass Notes: A reference for the glass artist.
Henry Halem Studios, 429 Carthage Ave., Kent, OH 44240-2303
ISBN 1-885663-00-5
Henry’s book mostly focuses on equipment building with some technical process,
A great resource for anyone wanting to build a hot shop.
A Glassblower’s Companion
A compilation of studio equipment designs, essays, and glassmaking ideas
By Dudley Giberson, Jr.
Available from Joppa Press P.O. Box 202 Warner N.H. 03278
Ph. 603-456-3569
ADVANCED GLASSWORKING TECHNIQUES by Edward T. Schmid
The second book by this talented author. Check out the description above.
Glassblowing by Frank Kulasiewicz
This book must have been one of the first books on the scene after Harvey Littleton held his first class. The information is a bit dated but none the less a good studio book to have as a reference on the shelf. First published in 1974 by Watson Guptill Publications ISBN 0-8230-2120-3
Glass Formulation Books
Elements Of Glass and Glass Making by Benjamin F. Biser reprinted by Roy C. Horner
“A Treatise designed for the practical glassmaker comprising facts, figures, recipes, and formulas for the for the manufacture of glass .. plain and colored” This book was first copyrighted in 1899 and has many tidbits of useful information for the contemporary glass artist who wishes to batch their own glass. Out of print 

Magazines to check out

PO Box 260377 Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-0377

Subscriptions are $24 a year. A good representation of glass art in the US today – slick, coffee-table quality magazine
 
.Glass line James Thingwold
P.O. Box 847 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Phone: 714-969-0240
A bimonthly newsletter for lampworkers. Vol.5 #6, Vol.7, #3 & 4 have good bead articles. $25 per year; lampwork only – a very good publication, Feel free to contact them through their web page. There is also an online version a links page to all kinds of glass related sites.

Society Of Glass Beadmakers

newsletter THE BEAD RELEASE

Membership is $35 for individual, $45 for family/business.

To join SGB and Bead Release subscriptions

The Bead Directory

Lists the bead societies, shops, bazaars and classes. It can be found at many bead shops or directly

from the Bead Directory, (510) 452-0836)

The Bead Museum

CONTEMPORARY GLASS BEADMAKERS 140 S Montezuma Prescott, Az. 86303 Ph # (602) 445-2431 Catalog of show and other bead related publications. Ask for their list.

The Crafts Report

PO Box 1992 Wilmington, DE 19899-9962 (800)777-7098 FAX: 302-656-4894

 

The Crafts Report is THE trade journal for the craft industry. It has categories for Crafts Wanted (retailers who want your crafts), and Crafts Available (for you to post your craft), Marketplace (for craft supplies), Shows and Fairs, Exhibitions and Wholesale Show Dates.

Lapidary Journal

Circulation Dept. PO box 124 Devon, PA 19333-9933

This publication has occasional coverage, on glass beads

Ornament Magazine

Carolyn Benesh & Robert Liu PO Box 2349 San Marcos, CA 92079 Phone: 800-888-8950

This publication is about things people wear, and beads are a major component of this field.

Fusion magazine,

1835 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105.

Phone: (612) 696-9286. Fax: (612) 696-9287.

PSG’s Glass Craftsman

P.O. Box 678 Richboro, PA 18954

Glass

Urban Glass 647 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11217-1112 718-625-3685

 
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