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Elayne Ashley has been in the glass world for almost seven years. Beginning in soft glass she learned working from the furnace in both blown and hot casting while living in Florida. The National Conference for Undergraduate Research awarded Elayne grant funding for her thesis work creating and tuning glass percussive instruments. She has been an active ASGS member in the Delaware Valley Section and is now the Director of the Southeast section.
Kiva Ford passion with glass began early in life, and was anchored with his college degree in Scientific Glassblowing. Through years of work creating complex glass instruments for scientist’s use, he has perfected his precision and technique in manipulating glass. Beyond the scientific community, Kiva is more commonly known for his exquisite glass goblets, bottles, pendants and vessels. Kiva’s artistic work is influenced by his interests in history, mythology, and the natural world.
Doni Hatz is a scientific and artistic glassblower from Portland, Oregon. She started her glass study in furnace glassblowing at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington in 1982. Within a year she changed focus and moved to New Jersey to study scientific glassblowing at Salem Community College in Carney’s Point 1983-1985. From there she began working in upstream research and development for Union Carbide Corporation 1985-1988 in Tarrytown, New York. It was there she became a member of the ASGS and the New York Metropolitan section (that is now the Northeast Section.) She moved to Long Island to work in the chemistry department at State University of New York at Stony Brook under Rudy Schlott 1988- 1992. Currently she works in research & development for the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio for the last 26 years. She has been active in the ASGS holding many positions most notably as President 2000-2001. She is a strong advocate for educational development and dissemination of information with the ASGS, the Glass Art Society and International Society of Glass Bead Makers throughout her career.
Ian Pearson has been practicing lampworking since 1961, and is an acknowledged master of the craft. For many years he was a scientific glass blower creating highly complex laboratory equipment; Ian now uses his blend of ancient craft and modern technology to make art objects and gifts at his studio Glass Creations in Scotland.
Bob Russell earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Virginia Tech in 1977 and a certificate in Scientific Glass Technology from Salem Community College in 1979. After graduating from SCC, he began working in the scientific glass field, expanding his knowledge of many glasses, including soft, lead, Pyrex and quartz. Bob has worked at Chemglass Life Sciences for 27 years. An active member of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society (ASGS), Delaware Valley chapter since the mid-1980s, he has served as chair and vice-chair as well as technical posters chair and a technical demonstrator at ASGS national symposia. He was also a demonstrator at the 2015 International Flameworking Conference. Russell became an adjunct instructor in Scientific Glass Technology at Salem Community College in 2012. He has taught both first and second year courses.
Taku was born in Tokyo in June 1978 and joined TERADASEISAKUSYO for glass processing from the age of 18. In 2007 he became a first glass product manufacturing engineer and since 2016 he has been vice chairman of the Welfare and Welfare Committee at the Physical and Chemical Glass Association of Japan. We are mainly specializing in hand-processing, and we are producing glassware for university laboratories and many other enterprises.