About Warm Tips
The Warm Tips website is an attempt to take advantage of
a tremendous resource. Since March 2000, the
Glass bulletin board has been a place for people who work with
glass in a kiln to come together and share thoughts, expertise, and
tips with each other. Conversations on the board have ranged
from the mundane (how to remove kiln wash from a shelf) to the
sublime (what makes great art), with stops along the way to share
business tips, machinery recommendations, and even gossip about
Because of the sheer volume of material
which has been contributed to the board over the years, it has
become difficult to sort through all the posts (over 200,000 posts
as of mid 2005!) to quickly find meaningful and useful information.
With that problem in mind, this website is
an effort to sort through the posts, separate the good from the bad, and
make it easier to access the best of the board's archives.
The Warm Tips website is also an attempt
to create a FAQ for the bulletin board that will be useful for
anyone who works with glass in a kiln, whether they are a novice
fuser or an experienced kiln-forming artist. The idea is to create
Warm Tips that will address frequently asked questions about
kiln-forming, and that will make forgotten or buried gems from the
past more accessible for all.
In time, the hope is that the Warm Tips
website will become a sort of "Best of the Best" -- a constant and
dependable resource for information about glass
fusing, slumping, casting, and related kiln-forming techniques.
It won't reach this goal overnight, but at the rate of a new tip
each day the usefulness of the site should grow quickly and
So please join me in extending my deepest thanks and
appreciation to all the artists, hobbyists, and just plain helpful
people who have taken the time to share their thoughts, insights,
and expertise on the Warm Glass bulletin board. By freely
offering your assistance and advice, you've made this corner
of the internet a better place for us all.
August 1, 2005
Copyright 2005 Brad Walker.
All rights reserved.
The bulk of the kiln-forming
tips on this website have been adapted from the archives of the
Bulletin Board, with the bulk of the remainder coming from various
articles and other material written by Brad Walker, including Brad's
Contemporary Warm Glass.