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The SGT publishes a range of monographs, reports and conference proceedings that provide definitive texts on subjects of direct relevance to those working in glass and related areas.


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Bontemps on Glass Making

BONTEMPS ON GLASS MAKING: the Guide du Verrier of Georges Bontemps Translated by Michael Cable 624 pages including black and white figures, ISBN 978-0-900682-60-5 Georges Bontemps (1799–1884) was probably the most skilful and adventurous European glass works manager of his age. His life began inauspiciously because he was illegitimate and ignored by his father, a graduate of the École polytechnique and army officer. In 1817 Georges was refused entry to the École polytechnique, despite having done well in the entry examination. Bontemps then became assistant to Dartigues, owner of three separate works making lead crystal, and was soon managing the glass making at Baccarat. By 1822 he was directing the glass works at Choisy-le-Roi which was unusual in making several kinds of glass including window glass, lead crystal, domestic wares such as drinking glasses, stained glass windows, and optical glass. At Choisy-le-Roi he was responsible for several major advances. He remained there until 1848 when he moved to England to work for Chance Brothers in Smethwick for six years before returning to France. His Guide du Verrier, published in 1868, is the most detailed known authoritative description of the glass making practices of his time. Its seven sections describe the techniques of glass melting and making window glass, plate glass, bottles, lead crystal, optical glass, and stained glass windows. Bontemps had firsthand experience of all of these except making cast plate. Dozens of batch recipes are given, especially of coloured glasses. The book is copiously illustrated. One of its unique features is an analysis of the economics of the process at the end of each section. Bontemps on Glass Making: the Guide du Verrier of Georges Bontemps The fifth in a series on how the understanding of glassmaking advanced over the course of three centuries from the early 1600s to around 1870. Volume 1. Art of Glass by Christopher Merrett (1662) Volume 2. Bosc D'Antic on Glassmaking (1758–1780) Volume 3. Early Nineteenth Century Glass Technology in Austria and Germany: the works of Professor B. Scholz and Factory Superintendent Kirn (1820–1837) Volume 4. Apsley Pellatt on Glass Making: Publications by Apsley Pellatt senior & Apsley Pellatt junior (1807−1849)


£ 40.00

Bosc D'Antic on Glass-Making

This is the second of three volumes illustrating progress in understanding glass making from the 17th century to the early part of the 19th. Translated by Michael Cable, Including essays on faience and the assaying of ores. Published 1758-80


£ 25.00

Basic Optical Stress Measurement in Glass

During the manufacture of all glass products, both temporary and residual stresses develop. Such stresses arise as a consequence of the manufacturing processes and for proper process control to be exercised it is necessary to be able to quantify these stresses. The optical method of experimental stress analysis, known as photoelasticity, has been used very effectively in the evaluation of the stresses occurring in structures of varying complexity, together with their components, when subjected to specified loading conditions. As the photoelastic technique requires materials that are both transparent and birefringent and many glasses exhibit these properties, this method of analysis can be used to determine the stresses in glass products.
There are many texts dealing with photoelastic analysis and its applications, but they are not aimed specifically at the assessment of residual stresses in glasses. This publication offers a practical guide providing information on the various optical arrangements and interpretation of results from typical plant apparatus, it is of general interest to those making stress measurements within the glass industry. H.W. McKenzie & R.J. Hand


£ 27.50

Ceramics & Glass Basic Science HARDBACK

This book deliberately brings together ceramics and glass because there is much information, normally attributed to one area which seriously affects the other. It has been written for students, potters and glassmakers working individually or in small studios. It is intended to be a source of understandable information. Charles Bray was Principal Lecturer responsible for ceramics and glass in the Faculty of Art and Design at Sunderland Polytechnic, now the University of Sunderland. He was responsible for initiating the degree course in glass and ceramics and was involved in the setting up of the first Glass Centre in Sunderland. He organised many conferences and these various activities stimulated much of the development of the major glass interest in the area. He was active for many years as treasurer and membership secretary of British Artists in Glass, and its first elected life member. He served on the panel of Northern Arts for many years, is a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, is an honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He now has work in most of the major glass collections and exhibits mostly in Europe. He has been invited to take part in several international exhibitions and in many exhibitions of British Glass. 2000, 234 mm × 156 mm, 280 pages with colour illustrations throughout, Hardback, ISBN 0-900682-30-2


£ 15.00

Old English Glass Houses

by Francis Buckley The History and Heritage Special Interest Group of the Society of Glass Technology have commissioned this collection as the first in a series. The papers were all researched and written by Francis Buckley and originally published in the Journal of the Society of Glass Technology in the 1920s. John Houghton, an eminent member of the Royal Society, wrote a series of Letters to Parliament under the general title of “Husbandry and Trade Improvement”. Letter Number 198, dated 15th May 1696 listed all the glass works in England and Wales which were working at that time, around 90 in total. Buckley probably used Houghton’s listing for his research, it is an obvious starting point, most of the glassworks in Houghton’s list are mentioned along with many more. The additional ones are glassworks that were built after 1696, in fact in some of his papers Buckley continues into the early part of the 19th Century. There are also glassworks listed for areas not covered by Houghton for example Cumberland and many parts of Yorkshire, and Scotland. One of the fascinations of Buckley’s papers is that he not only lists his references, he actually states what they are, giving additional information to that in the main text. 2003, 242 pages, A5 (210 mm × 148 mm), ISBN 0-900682-46-9,


£ 20.00

Coloured Glasses

The constitution of coloured glasses, the colours of glasses produced by various colouring ions and other additions are explained in this classic work. In addition, fluorescence, thermoluminescence and solarisation are also described. 1951 (fifth reprint 1999), 216 mm × 137 mm, 558 pages, black and white illustrations, ISBN 0-900683-06-X


£ 35.00

fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses Paperback

The second edition (version 2.2) of Arun Varshneya’s Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses has been published by the Society of Glass Technology. The introductory chapter looks at a brief history of glasses and glass making. Glass families of interest: vitreous silica; soda–lime glass; borosilicate glass; lead silicate glass; aluminosilicate glass; other silica-based oxide glasses; other non-silica-based oxide glasses; halide glasses; amorphous semiconductors; chalcogenide and chalcohalide glasses; glassy metals; glass-like carbon; and oxyhalide, oxynitride, and oxycarbide glasses. The chapter finishes with a brief note on glasses found in nature. The remaining chapters are on: Fundamentals of the Glassy State; Glass Formation Principles; Glass Microstructure: Phase Separation and Liquid Immiscibility; Glass Compositions and Structures; Composition–Structure–Property Relationship Principles; Density and Molar Volume; Elastic Properties and Microhardness of Glass; The Viscosity and Surface Tension of Glass; Thermal Expansion of Glass; Heat Capacity of Glass; Thermal Conductivity of Glass; Glass Transition Range Behavior; Permeation, Diffusion and Ionic Conduction in Glass; Dielectric Properties; Electronic Conduction; Chemical Durability; Strength and Toughness; Optical Properties; and Fundamentals of Inorganic Glass Making. There are also Appendices on Elements of Linear Elasticity; the SciGlass Database by O. V. Mazurin and A. I. Priven. Who wants to earn an A? (More questions and answers in addition to those at the end of each chapter.); Units, Conversion and General Data. Published September 2006, 234 mm × 156 mm, 704 pages with some colour but mostly black and white illustrations, ISBN 0-900682-51-5 paperback, ISBN 0-900682-53-1 (hardback).


£ 45.00

Glass Blowing by Charles Bray

Glass blowing is the process of introducing air through a hollow steel tube into hot glass for the purpose of forming hollow ware. In general the term also includes all the subsequent reheating and shaping of the glass and the working of hot glass from a furnace. The author provides a practical guide to the material; founding and batch melting; equipment and tools; the blowing process, including gathering, marvering forming and the use of punties; handles, air twists, threading, casing and mould blowing; antique glass and bullions, reduction, annealing and compatibility; seeds, stones and cords; colloids, colour, iridescence and enamels; sandblasting, sandcasting engraving and cutting; adventurines, opal glass, and various glass recipes. There is a list of suppliers supported by its own web based listing. 2003, 144 pages, A5, colour, ISBN 0-900682-42-6,


£ 25.00

Glass Furnace Design Contruction & Operation

The technology and the underlying science of all furnace types are covered in this extensive study. It’s objective is to not only deal with the glass furnace in its basic construction and mode of operation, but to include the relevant technical background knowledge. 1987 (reprinted 2000), 294 pages, black and white illustrations, ISBN 0-900682-20-5


£ 75.00

Glass to Metal Seals by Ian Donald

The primary purpose of this new monograph is to provide a thorough review of glass-to-metal seals, with particular reference to the more recent developments in the scientific, technical and commercial fields. Current applications for glass-to-metal seals are extraordinarily diverse, ranging from the humble, taken-for-granted light bulb to complex aerospace and military components developed within the last few years. New applications also continue to emerge where the unique properties of these systems can be exploited. It is also the purpose of this monograph to highlight new and emerging fields which are benefiting from the application of glass-to-metal seal and related technologies. In this respect, the scope of the monograph has been broadened to include the related topic of glass-to-metal coatings. In addition, the more recent and highly versatile glass-ceramic-to-metal systems are reviewed. Some of the newer ceramic-to-metal, glass-to-glass, glass-to-ceramic and ceramic-to-ceramic systems are also covered briefly, areas very much in their infancy in 1949. Published April 2007, 234 mm × 156 mm, 338 pages with colour and black and white illustrations, ISBN 0-900682-56-6


£ 50.00

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