A critical material in product, architecture, and transportation design, its use was on the wane. Superior clarity, resistance to chemicals, recyclability, and – especially – the absence of potentially toxic substances (unlike plastics) are leading the way for a resurgence.
Corning Museum of Glass: A great resource on many levels – creative and technological. I am a big fan of their videos, especially: this one, for example, explains the annealing process in a very clear (pun intended) way. For a more corporate view, check out the YouTube channel for Corning Inc.
The Glass Encyclopedia: While I can’t abide by the design of her site, and her credentials are non-existent, Angela Bowey has written an awful lot about glass. Some of it has to be true, right? (Oh, and if you happen to be passing through Paihia, New Zealand, stop by her gym. No joke.) Lots of links to verifiable sources as well.
The CIRVA: Another really odd acronym (Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts plastiques – what, was CIRVAP that much different? In English it’s the “International Glass and Visual Arts Research Centre”. Close enough.) Lots of information on current practitioners of the glass arts, exhibitions, and techniques.
Glass Online: An online aggregator of glass industry information.
High-Performance Commercial Building Façades: More than you ever wanted to know about glass curtain walls.
Float Glass: One of those great, corporate presentations.
Marc Newson does glass: The making of the Ikepod Hourglass.
Tempered Glass: The unmaking of a sheet of tempered glass.