For the past month I have been updating the Glass Encyclopedia pages, correcting errors in the links and adding new information. After 23 years of managing the Glass Encyclopedia and the Glass Museum websites I have realised something that requires some major changes to these sites.
The Glass Encyclopedia is a useful alphabetical list of glass topics where you can look up information on a very wide range of glass. It is easy to find answers to your questions about glass. The Glass Museum, on the other hand, has detailed and in many cases unique information about specialist types of glass (for example English Carnival Glass, Goofus Glass, the history of Art Glass Lampworking, etc). But unless you were looking for one of these types of glass, or visiting the Glass Museum on-line, you would not be aware of these very interesting articles.
So why not put the two together. I have started to incorporate the interesting material in the Glass Museum articles into the Glass Encyclopedia. And I think the result will be a very much improved Glass Encyclopedia, and much more easily accessible articles.This will benefit the authors of the articles, whose writing will be more widely read, and you the reader who will find all this information in a more accessible place.
This process is going to take quite a long time. The first combined page is about Cast Glass, and combines a brief account of cast glass with an article about the cast glass of Shona Firman, one of New Zealand's leading cast glass artist. You can find it at http://www.glassencyclopedia.com/castglass.html and here is an example of Shona's beautiful cast glass creations.