Chair: Kristin Deady


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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 – Magnetic Distillation Head Swing Funnel
This demonstration will show part of the assembly of a magnetic distillation head.

Kiva’s 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“Various Ways to Shape Tubing With Molds and Forms”

Doni Hatz will demonstration different methods to create various shapes in glass tubing. A sampling of different forms and molds will be shared to make specific size containers used in research. Some techniques are review of forms already shared in the past with an expanded use of tools and techniques.

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 – “My Favorite Seals”

Ian Pearson will be demonstrating a selection of glass sealing techniques that he has favored over his fifty year career with working with glass. These will vary from straight and side seals, seals between uneven diameters as well as internal seals such as button and ring seals. A mixture of tubing and rod will be used with diameters ranging from 5mm to over 36mm. Explains Ian, I wish to show some very basic techniques that we all as scientific glassblowers take for granted and more importantly explain how and why certain seals give me pleasure.

Ian studio is in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland and he teaches lampworking at North Lands Creative in Caithness. He commenced his career as a scientific glassblower in 1970. Following glassworking positions in Manchester and Hertfordshire he concluded his full-time scientific glass career at the Dounreay Nuclear establishment. Ian is Editor of the Journal of the BSSG, Chair from 2002 – 2009, awarded honorary membership and in 2011 presented with his Fellowship. 

Bob Russell – “Ribbon Burners: Not Just For Neon”
Bob will show several uses of ribbon burners on the bench and the lathe. Proper tuning on and off, setups, systems, and techniques will be covered.

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 Terada – “Tooling an Inner Joint by Hand and at the Lathe”
Taku will demonstrate how to manufacture inner joints by hand and on the lathe. 

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.