Technical Seminars

We've done our best to bring you the best.

Historically, symposium attendees have struggled to fit in all the things they’d like to attend. We’ve tried our best to make it easier by offering multiple seminars and workshops more than once. This gives you a better chance of participating in everything you’d like to. Everything is first come first served, so don’t wait to sign up.

As you review the seminars, pay careful attention to the schedule: 

Many seminars are offered twice. Those in red are offered only once. 

Mon & Tues All Day Allan Brown Regular Member Workshops (Class limit 15 per day)
     Principal Instructor Kevin Teaford Assisted by Kyle Meyer, Phillip Legge, Ron Legge
     
For course content please visit the 
Allan Brown regular member page

Mon & Tues All Day Joseph S Gregar Junior Member Workshop (Class limit 16 One time only) For course content please visit the Joseph S Gregar Junior member page
     Principal Instructor Christopher Bock

 
 

Mon AM Torch Test Drive  (Class limit 10 One time only)
     Try it before you buy it. Bench torches are very expensive. Take a few for a test drive. Compare side by side: Herbert Arnold Zenit, Carlisle CC, GTT, plus several more.

Mon AM Oven Maintenance and Repair (Class limit 16 One time only)
     Principal Instructor Doug Ohm
Learn to take care of your annealing oven and perform simple repairs.

Mon AM Hot Shop Don’t Stop (Class limit 12 One time only)
     Principal Instructor Katie Severance Assisted by Kayla James and Blake Jurlich
Get a tour of the SCC hotshop. Then, assisted by our glass wizards, make a piece of your design. All are welcome regardless of skill level. 

Mon AM Plasma Light Sculpture (Class limit 6 Also offered Mon PM)
     Principal Instructor Angela McHale
Learn the essentials of plasma light sculpture in this informative workshop. Students are invited to bring a piece that they’ve fabricated at home and explore the process of plasma filling in order to complete their piece in class. Beginning with a lecture on the history and significance of plasma, this workshop will dive into the challenges presented by plasma art and how to navigate through them in order to create a successful piece. Students will be asked to come to class with their completed piece to be pumped – the piece should be able to fit in a 6”x6”x6” box. Each student will be required to have a phone/zoom meeting with the instructor upon registration, to advise on their piece and discuss any additional components to be purchased by the student. These additional costs are the responsibility of the student and not included in the seminar cost as they will vary depending on the final design of your piece.

Mon AM Lasers and Wazers and Blasters, Oh My! (Class limit 12 Also offered Tues AM)
     Principal Instructor Holly Fels  
   Explore the use of a laser cutter, water jet cutter, photoresist stencil paper, and a sandblaster to make glass objects and why they may or may not be the right tools for your job.

Mon AM Optical Windows (Class limit 20 Also offered Tue AM)
     Principal Instructor Aaron Kirchhoff
Theory and methods of coldworking techniques for scientific glass, including overview of preparation of cell bodies and bonding of optical windows using diffusion bonding technique as well as transfer (frit) tape method. Nuanced and thorough discussion of coldworking technology and techniques for the small shop will be examined, such as grinding and polishing, abrasives, machinery, blocking/fixturing waxes, pitch polishing, hand techniques, and kiln-assisted assembly of optical cells.

 

Mon PM Intro to Glass Lathe Use and Safety (Class limit 16 One time only)
     Principal Instructor Rich Brainard 
   Learn how to safely use a glass lathe for the first time user.  Set up the lathe properly. Correctly chuck glass. How to select chucks and lathe wrap. How to run the lathe without damaging it or hurting yourself.

Mon PM Quartz: The same as glass but different (Class limit 10 One time only)
     Principal Instructor Bob Singer
   Learn from one of the best quartz workers in the industry. What’s different and how do you deal with the differences when starting out. What are the essential skills to learn to be a successful quartz worker. 

Mon PM Brazing and Silver Soldering for the Glassblower (Class Limit 12 One time only)
     Principal Instructor Patrick DeFlorio Materials fee $15
     No machinist? No welder? No problem! Delve into the dying art of brazing and silver soldering to help yourself out. Learn to assemble mild steel pieces so you can make sturdy fixtures and holders at home. Silver solder brass, copper, or stainless steel to modify torch tips, necks, and more. This is a hands-on class.

Mon PM Plasma Light Sculpture (Class limit 6 Also offered Mon AM)
     Principal Instructor Angela McHale
   Learn the essentials of plasma light sculpture in this informative workshop. Students are invited to bring a piece that they’ve fabricated at home and explore the process of plasma filling in order to complete their piece in class. Beginning with a lecture on the history and significance of plasma, this workshop will dive into the challenges presented by plasma art and how to navigate through them in order to create a successful piece. Students will be asked to come to class with their completed piece to be pumped – the piece should be able to fit in a 6”x6”x6” box. Each student will be required to have a phone/zoom meeting with the instructor upon registration, to advise on their piece and discuss any additional components to be purchased by the student. These additional costs are the responsibility of the student and not included in the seminar cost as they will vary depending on the final design of your piece.

 

Mon PM Video: Cool Down with Hot Glass (Limit 30 free to attend Also offered Tues PM)
     
PBS produced video featuring Tracy Drier and Dr. Catherine Jackson who’s research showed how the collaborative relationship between chemist and glassblower made organic chemistry possible and started the field of scientific glassblowing. Additional scientific glass videos from other symposia will be shown afterwards; titles and content TBD.

Mon PM Component Selection (Class limit 20 Also offered Tues PM)
     Principal Instructor James Hodgson
   See samples of, and learn how to select from, the huge variety of stopcocks, joints, connectors, flanges, and threads available. Rotavis who? ClearSeal what? Glindemann where? Picking the right parts for a particular application is a critical skill to have in research. A beautifully made piece built of the wrong components might look great and still be an embarrassing failure in the hands of your customer. Component selection is essential in producing correctly functioning glassware and satisfied customers.

Tues AM Scientific Glassware Repair Strategies (Class limit 15 One time only) 
     Principal Instructor Kyle Meyer 

     Learn how to plan simple to complex scientific repairs. Improve your repair skills. Learn to plan for when it doesn’t go as expected. Real world repairs will be demonstrated during the class.

Tues AM Hot Shop Get Pumped for Pumpkins (Class limit 12 One time only)
     Principal Instructor Katie Severance Assisted by Kayla James and Blake Jurlich 

     Learn some of the basics of hollow work and frit colorwork as we make pumpkins.

Tues AM Lathe Maintenance and Repair (Class limit 15 also offered Tues PM)
     Principal Instructor Christopher Bock

      Learn to disassemble, clean and reassemble your lathe. Also, learn to properly maintain your lathe for the longest life possible.

Tues AM Tooling at the bench (Class limit 12 Also available Tue PM)
     Principal Instructor Mike Greico
     Watch and learn from a professional tooler how to quickly and correctly tool joints at the bench.

Tues AM Lasers and Wazers and Blasters, Oh My! (Class limit 12 Also offered Mon PM) 
     Principal Instructor Holly Fels 
      Learn to use a laser cutter, water jet cutter, photo emulsion resist, and a sandblaster to transfer a graphic design onto flat glass and cut it to shape.

Tues AM Optical windows (Class limit 20 Also available Mon AM) 
     Principal Instructor Aaron Kirchhoff
     Theory and practical applications leading to successful bonding of optical windows scientific work. Material covered includes grinding and polishing of sealing surfaces, use of transfer tape for quartz and borosilicate windows, diffusion bonded sealing of windows.     

Tues PM So you want to start a glassblowing business (Class limit 24 One time only)
     Principal Instructors:  Aaron Kirchhoff, Doug Navalinsky, John Kruesi, Erich Moraine

      If you want to upgrade your cash sales glass hobby to a legitimate business with a steady long term income and corporate clients the learning curve is steep. Participate in a panel discussion and learn how these glassblowers started up and maintain their successful scientific glass businesses.

Tues PM Build a Quartz torch (Class limit 10 One time only)
     Principal Instructor Patrick Gadzinski
   Build your own quartz torch from scratch to take home and use for quartz (or boro) work.

Tues PM Lathe Maintenance and Repair (Class limit 15 also offered Tues AM)
     Principal Instructor Christopher Bock

   Learn to disassemble, clean, and reassemble your lathe. Also learn to properly maintain your lathe for the longest life possible.

Tues PM Tooling at the bench (Class limit 12 Also available Tue AM)
     Principal Instructor Mike Greico
     Watch and learn from a professional tooler how to correctly tool joints at the bench.

Tues AM Video: Cool Down with Hot Glass (Limit 30 free to attend Also offered Mon AM)
   PBS produced video featuring Tracy Drier and Dr. Catherine Jackson who’s research showed how the collaborative relationship between chemist and glassblower made organic chemistry possible and started the field of scientific glassblowing. Additional scientific glass videos from other symposia will be shown afterwards, titles and content TBD.

Tues PM Component Selection (Class limit 20 Also offered Mon PM)
     Principal Instructor James Hodgson
   See samples of, and learn how to select from, the huge variety of stopcocks, joints, connectors, flanges, and threads available. Rotavis who? ClearSeal what? Glindemann where? Picking the right parts for a particular application is a critical skill to have in research. A beautifully made piece built of the wrong components might look great and still be an embarrassing failure in the hands of your customer. Component selection is essential in producing correctly functioning glassware and satisfied customers.