I have a new favorite fused glass book: Contemporary Fused Glass by Brad Walker. This book is a great book on so many levels. For some beginners, it may be a bit overwhelming. But if it’s not the first book you buy, it should be the second. It is jam packed with all kinds of information.
It is a complete book. By that I mean it is valuable for beginners and beyond. This book covers more topics than I have seen in any other books. It has 22 chapters. In addition to all of the basics of cutting glass, firing and slumping, it has information on cold working, inclusions, pot melts, pattern bars, kiln casting, and so much more. It is a book that will grow with you as your skills develop and will be a great reference book. The index in the back of the book makes it easy to quickly find what you are looking for.
This is not just a “how-to” book. And in fact, you won’t find a lot of projects in this book. What you will find is a lot of inspiration and great explanations on the “why” things happen. I’ve read and reread much of this book and highlighted quite a few sections. I highly recommend this book!