The process of lampork, torchwork, or flamework is analogous to drawing mid-air with molten glass, in three dimensions.
I taught myself how to flamework with a kit I ordered in the mail more than a decade ago.
This is an incomplete list of some resources for torchworkers. Sundance Glass offers a bare bones beginning kit for $74. I began with a kit similar to this, and Cindy Jenkin's book, Making Glass Beads.
Cindy Jenkins- Making Glass Beads and Beads of Glass
Making Glass Beads is a comprehensive book to begin with.
Jim Kervin- More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Glass Beadmaking
This is an excellent reference manual with answers to most anything one might think to ask.
Bandhu Scott Dunham- Contemporary Lampworking, Vols. I & II
Contemporary Glass Beads by 30 Japanese Artists
Japanese lampwork is technically the most challenging in the world and this book has some of the most beautiful and impressive beads I've ever seen!
Glass Arts Society
The Corning Museum of Glass-
cmog.org Corning, NY
The Bead Museum Glendale, AZ
Bead Museum Washington, D.C.