Chair: Kaite Jones


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Papers are written and oral presentation introducing new ideas, work and research in the field of glass. There will be opportunity for questions after each paper. 

Keynote Speaker 

Jane Cook – “Miracula Rei Unius: A Journey into Glass”

 The Emerald Tablet is a venerated Hermetic text purported by some to lay out, cryptically, the path to making the Philosopher’s Stone.  But it also provides a lovely statement of the root of materials engineering practice: the unification of the behavior of materials at the macro scale with their fundamental structures at the atomic level. In this talk, we shall explore the deep roots of glass chemistry and physics, and dwell particularly on the reasons for one of the more “magical” aspects of glass, which glassworkers understand most profoundly: it’s life-like, even sensual, behavior when being manipulated hot.

Jane Cook is the Chief Scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass where she is the Museum’s principal resource on the science and technology of glass to the public and the glass art community. Dr. Cook is the technical advisor to the new Specialty Glass Artist-in-Residence program, and works with the Museum’s staff on incorporating scientific content in exhibitions and educational programs. She lectures widely at universities, colleges, and art schools, and works closely with artists to teach them how scientific and engineering fundamentals can inform their work.

A materials scientist and engineer with more than 20 years of expertise in glass, ceramics, and metallurgy, Dr. Cook holds a BS in Materials Engineering from New Mexico Tech, and an MS and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked in research and development for Corning Incorporated for 16 years, is an inventor on over two dozen patent applications, and in 2013, received Corning’s prestigious Stookey Award for outstanding exploratory research.


Klaus Paris  “Robots, Lasers, 3-D-Print – What is the Future of Scientific Glassblowing?”

Thirty five years ago Scientific glassblowing was still very much a traditional craft. Today, in 2019, scientific glassblowers are confronted with creating new apparatus and new ways of creating with glass for the ever changing world of science. Klaus will give an overview about what is possible today and invites everybody to bring in                                   their own vision of the future of scientific glassblowing.

Klaus Paris is a 2nd generation scientific glassblower starting his career  in 1982 and holds a master craftsman’s diploma as well as a 4 year diploma in Glass Engineering Technology. He previously worked at Heraeus Quarzglas, the Max-Planck-Institut and is currently working at Glasblaeserei Paris and KIT Karlsruhe, one of Europe’s largest research facilities. During his career he has served as a consultant for different international companies updating production lines. Paris, also trains chemists in scientific glassblowing at KIT Karlsruhe and has been a presenter at different international Symposia including with the ASGS.  Though he primarily works with quartz and borosilicate, he has extensive experience with softglass as well. Klaus is a longtime active member of German Glassblower Society and a member of their Board of Directors. 

Sally Prasch – “Silica and the Gravitational Wave”

A century after Albert Einstein predicted his general theory of relativity we have detected gravitational waves. In this presentation, I will be talking about how silica played an important part in the techniques that allowed the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) to achieve a length precision that is 10,000 times smaller than a proton. I will also be talking about the work I did for Dr. Steve Penn who significantly reduced the thermal noise in fused silica. Dr. Penn was among those involved with the LIGO research who were awarded a “Breakthrough Prize: Scientists Changing the World” medal lauding the landmark research.

Sally Prasch apprenticed in Scientific Glassblowing 1970–75 with Lloyd Moore and holds a BFA-University of Kansas, Applied Science and Scientific Technology from Salem Community College. She has served the ASGS with the Hudson Mohawk Valley Section, the Northeast Section and National. She has also served on several Standing Committees and Regular Committees of the Society. Sally has been a part of planning four Symposiums and has presented a number of papers, and posters. She has worked for the University of Nebraska, AT&T / Bell Labs, University of Vermont and presently at Syracuse University and the University of Massachusetts. Sally also runs her glass art studio (Prasch Glass), exhibiting her work and teaching the art and science of glass throughout the world. 


Benjamin Revis – Understanding the Gitton Water Clock





Mike Souza – “The SABRE Project’s Search for Dark Matter”

The SABRE (Sodium Iodide with Active Background Rejection) experiment involves the use of making  ultra-pure NaI(Tl) detectors for underground labs in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to resolve annual modulation signals from dark matter particles. Sodium Iodide is a single crystal grown used to detect radiation at the lowest level possible. Trace impurities as low as PPT (parts per trillion) can affect their performance. This paper will detail the special glass requirements and the processes used to grow the crystal.

Mike Souza is internationally recognized as one of the top scientific glassblowers working in cutting edge research. He began his career in 1973 as an apprentice at Kontes / Martin Glass in Evanston, IL. For the past 27 years he has been the scientific glassblower at Princeton University and has consulted and worked for research institutes across the world. Souza is a Past President of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society. He manages and edits the ASGS Facebook site and has authored dozens of publications that have appeared in Glass & Scientific Journals and has been a lecturer demonstrator at Corning Museum of Glass, GAS, IFC and numerous universities across the USA.