Nearly all glass makers (unless they are blowing glass) need moulds
which can go in the kiln, as part of the process of creating their
work. Currently glass students and makers get their expertise and
recipes from lots of different sources, picking out the relevant bits
and pieces which they need from other glass and ceramic books. This
book aims to introduce all the mould-making techniques for casting
glass, with detailed information on materials, recipes for mould mixes,
methods and applications. It helps the student to learn which methods
are appropriate for different types of work, and covers all the basics
of how to make your mould. It also includes practical information on
sourcing, storing, using and recycling materials, and how to develop
your own recipes and methods for particular projects. It also covers
where to start with writing programmes for kiln firings including
annealing and cooling. It also contains images from well-known
artists working in cast glass throughout.
Angela Thwaites is an established glass artist who has been working in this field for 17 years. She is currently Senior Lecturer in glass at De Monfort University, Leicester, and has previously been the glass researcher at the Royal College of Art. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions and she was also a juror for the British Glass Biennale, 2008.