By reinforcing glass and glass-ceramic matrices with ceramic or metallic fibres, advanced composite materials with improved mechanical properties can be fabricated. These composites were originally developed as model systems for laboratory-scale experiments. Due to their remarkable thermomechanical properties, however, the materials are candidate for a variety of technical applications. The present contribution is based on an extensive review of the available literature on these materials, accumulated in the last 30 years, focusing on manufacturing techniques. The literature analysis reveals that several challenges related to the composites fabrication remain for future developments. In particular, it is shown that relative limited R&D work has been carried out so far in the area of manufacturing of engineering components and structures having complex geometry and large dimensions. The application of electrophoretic deposition techniques in order to manufacture three-dimensional components, e.g. tubes, may represent a considerable improvement in this regard. The final goal of this report is to generate a broader interest in glass and glass-ceramic matrix composites both in the scientific and industrial communities, so that the high technological potential of these materials can be wider exploited.