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Bitterroot Mountains from our house. Aspen Hot Glass Handmade glass art by Bill Grout and Rae Grout

© William Grout 2017

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Useful Web Links

Sources of glass and tools

Frantz Art Glass & Supply  -  Pioneers of the bead biz, we buy our glass here.
Arrow Springs  -  The annealing oven we use comes from them.  A very informative site for beadmaking.
Glasscraft  -   A great supplier for all your lampworking needs.  They have some of the hard to find items.
Sundance  -  West coast's art glass center.
Bullseye Online  -  Bullseye glass co.  Manufacture of stained glass, and compatible glass rod.
Coatings by Sandberg  -  Manufacturer of Dichroic Glass.
Whale Apparatus  -  Leans toward scientific glasswork, but another great source and now online.
Glass House Supply  -  Glass House Supply of Humbolt County.
Glass Alchemy  -  Boromax® colored borosilicate glass.
Northstar Glassworks  -  Makers of Borocolour colored borosilicate glass.
Gudalupe Glass  -  Flying Colors glass and seller of  engineered ceramics crucibles.
Olympic Color Rods  -  Offhand Glassblowing supplies of all kinds.
Spruce Pine Batch  -  A major manufacture of soft glass batch.
ABR Imagery - Focus on borosilicate glassblowing supplies, from Indiana.
Glass Torch Technologies - State of the art torches.
Mountain Glass Arts - Distributor of borosilicate glass and flameworking supplies.
Devardiglass - Distributor of glass from India, plus great prices on tools and everything else.
Wet Dog Glass   -  Top-notch services and products that range from studio equipment design, fabrication and installation to consultation and technical support.  We are experts in combustion, safety and control systems.
Steinert Industries  -  Manufacture of glassblowing tools. 
Bethlehem Burners  -  Maker of the Bethlehem torch.
JoppaGlassworks  -  Dudley Giberson's site with the famous Giberson Ceramic Burner Head for studio glass work.
Snodgrass Glass Supply  -  Our goal is to provide you with the very best in glassworking torches, kilns, tools, molds, and safety gear.
The Glass Hive  - Five members  present their work, classes, etc.
Oxygen Generating Systems Inc.  -  OGSI is a marketer and manufacturer of on-site oxygen generators with outputs of 15 to 5000 SCFH located in Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Unlimited Oxygen - Designs oxygen generators tailored to the glass blowing industry.
Clay Art Center  -  Ceramics general supplier, west coast.
ETS Schaefer  -  Refractory manufacture, Ohio.
BNZ Materials  -  Refractory manufacture, Colorado.
Drill Spot  -  General shop tools and materials at great prices and they have great service. Look for ventilation fans here!
Enco  -  The right tool at the right price.
Grizzly Industrial, Inc.  -  Fine woodworking and metalworking machinery and accessories. 
Harbor Freight Tools  -  Best quality tools at the best prices.
McMaster-Carr Supply  -  Tools, materials, supplies for a wide range of application.
Northern Tool  -  High quality tools and equipment at discount prices.
MMS and Accessories  -  complete line of Stainless Steel hardware, fasteners, tubing and pipe.
Accu-Tube Corp.  -  Your Stainless Steel Tubing Source. Small diameter.

Glass Online Forums

The Melting Pot  - Mainly discussing Pyrex torch blown work. 
Lampwork Etc. - Online forum of varied torch glass work.
Wet Canvas - Glass art forum.
Glass Line - Glass Line magazine, online resources and forum.

More Montana Glass Artists

Missoula Artists Cooperative  -  Many of our local art friends can be found here.
Goose Bay Handblown Glass  -  Jim and Terry Gundersen have a hot shop in Townsend.
Fire Creek Glass  - Hand Blown Glass by Dan and Katy VanderZwaag.

Glass information resources

The Torch  -  Frantz's glass resource site.
Artisan Elevators  -  Resource Guide to Glassblowing.
Whitehouse-Books - If you are looking for a book that is glass related, you will find it here.
Glass Line News  -  A great newsletter for Lampworkers full of hard to find how to information.
The Flow -  A journal for the lampworking community.
Pilchuck Glass School    -   The largest and most comprehensive center for artists who create with glass.
The Corning Museum of Glass   -   An educational resource.
The Glass Museum   -   Lots of articles and information related to glass in general, and extensive links.
The Glass Encyclopedia   -    A  fully comprehensive glass encyclopedia on-line.
Glass Art Photo Gallery  -  Glass Artist.Org is a wonderful online gallery of art glass work.
Brad Shute's handmade glass website  -  A forum site devoted to sharing information about handmade glass, glassblowing, lampworking, and glassmaking
Glassblower.info  -  Site contains a variety of information for the glassblower, especially the beginner to intermediate student.
Glass Notes  -  An illustrated guide for building and maintaining a modern glass studio. 
Lightwriters  -  Books and Videos pertaining to the art and science of glassblowing. Neon & Plasma art and workshops.
Industrial Ventilation Guidelines  -  From Washington State

Bead and Jewelry Suppliers

Fire Mountain Gems  -  America's favorite beading and jewelry making supplies. Largest selection of beads and components at wholesale prices.
Rings & Things  -  Rings & Things is a wholesale mail order supplier of beads, jewelry findings, charms, cord, polymer clay, Austrian rainbow crystal (beads and hangings), jewelry display items, and other jewelry components.
Rio Grande  -  Rio Grande is where you will find everything you need for creating, manufacturing and displaying fine jewelry.
Shipwreck Beads  -  The worlds largest selection of beads.

Bead related information

Society of Glass Bead Makers  - The society for all interested in making glass beads.
Bead & Button  -  THE bead magazine. We had a few beads on the "Your Work" page of issue #2.
Thebeadsite  -  Serious study of all beads with the emphasis on people.  The worlds biggest bead bookstore. Center for bead research.
Just Beads  -  Online bead auction site.