Workshops

 

Symposium Workshops Chair: Eric Goldschmidt
goldschmidtes@cmog.org
607-329-5184

 

Although he has been working with glass since 1996, Goldschmidt actually started working with molten materials in 1993 as a candlemaker. After witnessing flameworking, however, he became intrigued by the process and material which led to him to take classes from master flameworkers at The Studio of the Corning Musuem of Glass. Soon, he was hooked and began working at The Studio in the Make Your Own Glass Workshop and as the Resident Flameworker. “This gave me the opportunity to melt a lot of glass during very formative years in my career, and I was surrounded by inspiration,” said Goldschmidt. Now as the Properties of Glass Programs Supervisor at the Corning Museum of Glass, he gives live demonstrations in flameworking, glass breaking, and optical fiber, in addition to teaching, lecturing, and exhibiting his work around the world.

 

The American Scientific Glassblowers workshops are very interactive. Each student will have a chance to work with bench torches, hand torches and lathes. Our instructors our highly qualified and have worked in the scientific glassblowing field. These are small classes so there is lots of one on one interaction between students and instructors.

Workshop 1 & 2: “Allan B. Brown”
Instructors: Neal Korfhage, Ron Legge, Kyle Meyer and Kevin Teaford
Workshop I – Monday June 17th, 8am – 5:00pm – Hotel Carder Room
Workshop II – Tuesday June 18th, 8:00am – 5:00pm – Hotel Carder Room 

Allan B Brown workshop is a two day hands-on instruction of advanced scientific glassblowing techniques. Each day can be viewed as separate workshops, so you can elect to participate in Workshop 1, Workshop 2, or both. Each person will have their own torch and work station and be instructed on a specific project that is deemed worthwhile for scientific glassblowers with at least five years’ experience.

Monday, June 17, 2019
10:00am – 5:00pm
Topics: Bench – 500ml Solvent still with bypass

Lathe – Tooling of flanges

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Sold Out 
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Topics: Bench – Short Path Distillation Head (Vacuum Jacketed)
Lathe – High Volume Bubbler

Kevin Teaford – Chair / Instructor. Kevin started his glassblowing career in 1992 at the Westinghouse-Hanford Company. After 3½ years in Research and Development, Kevin accepted a position with Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing in northern California. At Farlow’s, he learned of many new types of glassware found in the medical and scientific production industry. In 1999, he secured a position at Precision Glassblowing of Colorado. While at Precision, he was introduced to many new aspects of production-style glassblowing, which included fabrication of large diameter Pyrex apparatus and the introduction of larger Quartz fabrication. Kevin has worked at the University of Utah since 2002. Kevin has been the National Membership Chair for the ASGS and now is the Chair of the Allan B. Brown Regular Member Seminar. https://chem.utah.edu/facilities/glass-blowing/index.phpkteaford@chem.utah.edu801-581-7592

Neal E. Korfhage – Instructor. Neal started learning scientific glassblowing at the age of fifteen under the guidance of his father (Jack Korfhage). After school, he spent eleven years at Millipore Sigma first as an apprentice, then promoted to glassblower then senior glassblower making all manner of pyrex labware for the Techware catalog. Neal has worked for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the past eleven years in the research wing of the department of chemistry. His specialties are high vacuum and anaerobic systems.

Ron Legge, with over fifty years’ glassblowing experience began his career at age sixteen as an assistant glassblower at the University of Alberta. Apprenticed two years at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and then ran the shop for fourteen years. He then ran the Chemistry Department Glass Shop at the Scarborough downtown campus for eighteen years. Ron fabricated glassware for the Nobel Prize winner Dr. John Polanyi and has trained four apprentices. Currently runs Scientific Glass Design producing custom glassware in Borosilicate and Quartz.

Kyle MeyerInstructor. Kyle Meyer is a scientific and artistic glassblower. His career started in 2001 when he received a two-year scholarship from Sigma Aldrich (Milwaukee, WI) to attend Salem Community College to study scientific glass. In 2003, he graduated with a degree in scientific glass technology under the instruction of Daryl Smith. From 2003 to 2015, he worked at Sigma Aldrich producing custom and catalogue glassware and large-scale apparatus. During this time, Kyle was an active member of the Midwest ASGS and was treasurer from 2011 to 2016. In 2016, his scientific glassblowing career led him to the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) where he became manager of the scientific glass shop. He is currently an active member and treasurer of the Southeast ASGS section.

This workshop is named after Allan B. Brown who started learning scientific glassblowing at the age of 13 from his father Ted Brown. Ted was a scientific glassblower at DuPont and also taught evening courses at Salem Community College. Allan was employed at the University of Michigan from 1963 – 1966 and then became Assistant Shop Foreman of the Glass Shop at Michigan State University from 1966 – 1967. From 1967 – 2002, Allan supervised the glass shop at the University of Connecticut. He was a very active member of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, serving as President and initiating a two day hands-on seminar to scientific glassblowers at the annual symposiums. He published many technical papers both nationally and abroad, received numerous awards including the J. Allen Alexander, Dana Sampson and the Karl H. Walther Award. Was a honored Lifetime Member of the ASGS.

 

Workshop 3: “Joseph S. Gregar Junior Member” Sold Out
Ron Bihler, Chris Bock, Kyle Meyer & Bob Singer
Monday June 17th 10:00am – 5:00pm – The Corning Museum of Glass
Tuesday June 18th – 8:00am – 5:00pm  – The Corning Museum of Glass

The Joseph S. Gregar Junior Member Workshop provides hands-on instruction to twelve Junior / Student Members.  This year, 9 at-large seats will be selected via an application process and the 3 remaining seats are reserved for Award recipients.  The application deadline was March 15, 2019.  All Workshop attendees must  register for the ASGS Symposium. This two day workshop is available at no cost to junior and student registrants. We will have our 4-station quartz and an 8-station borosilicate set up for bench work allowing each participant to have his or her own torch and workstation. We will also have a glass lathe available for some of the projects.

This year, the Junior Member Workshop and other select Workshops will be held at the Corning Museum in Corning, NY. It will be a very rewarding workshop with great instructors; Christopher Bock, Kyle Meyer, and Ron Bihler, just to name a few. Our professional instructors will be giving full glassblowing demonstrations showing their techniques of construction of different types of scientific chemical glass apparatus. After the demonstrations, we will break into groups and work on the glassblowing exercises listed below.

We are sorry to inform you that this year’s application deadline has passed.  If you would like to apply for this workshop next year, please watch for an email announcement from the National Office when the Application process begins.  Remember registration is always limited to 12 for this program.  This program is a wonderful learning experience that you do not want to miss.

Monday, June 17, 2019
10:00am – 5:00pm
TopicsHalf Jacket and big Ring Seals (demo), Borosilicate to Tungsten pass through electrode and a quartz project.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

TopicsPrepping apparatus for vacuum, Sealing under vacuum and testing and a quartz project.

Chris Bock – Chair / Instructor. –  chrisb71@comcast.net – 609-319-4322
Bock is currently working at URG in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Christopher’s glass career started at a company called Franklin Inc. where he was a maintenance mechanic working on vials.  He started his glassblowing career at ChemGlass Life Sciences in the mid 1990’s.  Since then he has worked for Pfieffer Glass, NDS Technologies, AMK Glass and even started his own company, SeaCubeCo LLC.  He has been an active officer for the Delaware Valley Section holding many positions until his relocation to North Carolina

Ron Bihler – Instructor
Ron began his scientific glassblowing career in 1982, working for Rocky Mountain Scientific Glassblowing, until 1992.  In 1992 he established Technical Glass, Inc.  located in Aurora Colorado.  He specialized in custom quartz and borosilicate products including quartz optical cells and engineering.  He developed processes for CNC machining of glass and construction of optical cells with high quality fused silica AR coated optics.  He continued the operation of Technical Glass Inc. until 2009 and then merged with Precision Glassblowing of Colorado.  At Precision Glassblowing he is in charge of research and development and has developed and expanded processes for CNC machining, laser cutting and drilling of quartz, ceramic and glassy materials. 

Kyle Meyer – Instructor
Kyle is a scientific and artistic glassblower. His career started in 2001 when he received a two-year scholarship from Sigma Aldrich (Milwaukee, WI) to attend Salem Community College to study scientific glass. In 2003, he graduated with a degree in scientific glass technology under the instruction of Daryl Smith. From 2003 to 2015, he worked at Sigma Aldrich producing custom and catalogue glassware and large-scale apparatus. During this time, Kyle was an active member of the Midwest ASGS and was treasurer from 2011 to 2016. In 2016, his scientific glassblowing career led him to the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) where he became manager of the scientific glass shop. He is currently an active member and treasurer of the Southeast ASGS section.

Bob Singer Instructor – A 1978 graduate of Salem Community College, Bob has extensive quartz experience. Bob was employed at Quality Quartz and Behm Quartz, both of Mentor, Ohio, for a total of six years. He then accepted a position at Quartz Scientific of Fairport Harbor, Ohio for fourteen years.  Bob has been Vice President of Technical Glass Products, in Mentor, Ohio for ten years and now heads the company’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana division.  In addition, Bob has taken artistic glassblowing courses at Kent State University and Cleveland State University. Bob’s activities for the ASGS include; chair of the Outreach Committee, director of the Pittsburgh Tri-State Section, director of the Southwest Section, ASGS President-Elect in 2006 and ASGS National President in 2007. Bob received the prestigious J. Allen Alexander Award in 2012 and the Helmut E. Drechsel Award in 2006. Bob was the Technical Papers Chair for the 39th ASGS Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA and co-chair for the 55th Annual Symposium in San Antonio, Texas. Bob is the co-chair of the 62nd Symposium in Austin, Texas and the current National Symposium Chair. This is Bob’s twenty-fourth consecutive year participating in the Joseph S. Gregar Junior Member Workshop Seminar program and we are certainly fortunate to have his expertise in quartz fabrication.

This workshop is named after Joseph S Gregar, a fourth generation scientific glassblower who began learning the art of scientific glassblowing 53 years ago in 1966 at his family-owned business, The Milwaukee Glass Works Inc. In 1969 he became a scientific glassblower with Pope Scientific Inc., in Menomonee Falls, WI. In 1974 he was promoted to Plant Superintendent and head of the custom glassblowing facility. While supervising all phases of production he was responsible for teaching production trainees, apprentices and journeymen glassblowers. In 1980 Joe joined Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, IL. In 1985 Joe was promoted to the level of Scientific Associate specializing in apparatus design and in 1997 was promoted to Senior Scientific Associate.Joe has held every office in the Midwest Section and served two terms, 1984-1988 as the ASGS National Secretary, ASGS National President Elect in 1989-1990 and ASGS President in 1990-1991. Joe won the ASGS Helmut E. Drechsel Achievement Award in 1989 and the J. Allen Alexander Award in 1993. He has presented many technical papers for which he has been awarded three Dennis Courtney Awards from Andrews Glass Co. He has presented three technical posters, and has demonstrated technical workshops at the National Symposia. He was honored by receiving the first “William A. Wilt Award” in 1999 and again in 2003 and 2012 for his workshop demonstrations. Joe received the first “President’s Achievement Award” in 2008. Joe has served as the National Junior Liaison Committee Chair since 1988.

 

Workshop 4: “Optical Grinding and Polishing”
Instructor – Nezih Dural
Monday June 17th 8:00am – Noon – Corning Museum of Glass – Sold Out
This seminar will  entail practical glass grinding and hand polishing on the work bench. Materials and techniques used to accomplish and assess optical quality for flatness will be provided and taught in a workshop environment. Instruction will also cover optical applications used in atomic and applied physics and the interplay with lasers.

 

Workshop 5: “Lathe Maintenance”
Instructor – Tim O’Brien
Monday June 17th – 8:00am – Noon – Corning Museum of Glass
Tim O’Brien has worked for Litton Engineering Labs since December of 1979. With a keen interest in history and machinery, he was a natural fit in the company where he learned from veteran craftsmen before eventually supervising in many aspects of lathe manufacturing including precision alignment, assembly, servicing and rebuilding. He especially appreciates the durable and time-tested design of all Litton products with great enthusiasm in conveying their simplicity to the glassblowing community. In addition, he is also an accomplished aviation and wildlife photographer, pencil artist, and a part-time steam locomotive engineer at a railroad museum in Nevada City California.

 

Workshop 6: “Optical Bonding Technique”
Instructor – Nezih Dural
Monday June 17th 1:00pm – 5:00pm – Corning Museum of Glass Sold Out
Window fusing with low surface distortion will be taught and demonstrated using an assortment of techniques: Glass to glass diffusion bonding by using polished tube ends. Glass to glass adhesion bonds using solder tape and fritting glass. Glass to glass bonding by using anodic bonding techniques.

 

Workshop 7: “Lathe Maintenance”
Instructor – Tim O’Brien
Monday June 17th – 1:00pm – 5:00pm – Corning Museum of Glass
During this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of cleaning, maintenance, and simple repairs for glassblowing lathes from one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field.  Tim O’brien will break down and put back together a Litton HSJ lathe while covering fundamentals that will apply to glassblowing lathes from most manufacturers.  Students are encouraged to participate and ask questions.

 

Workshop 8: “All About Borosilicate Color”
Instructor: Suellen Fowler
Tuesday June 18th 8:00am – 5:00pm Observation only spaces now available 

This class will demonstrate techniques for hand mixing boro colored cane in a torch flame. The students will be get to hand mix their own colored rods and receive a set of notes detailing basic formulas and a brief history of borosilicate color. Techniques for getting the most out of commercial color will also be demonstrated, and the class will have a chance to use color to make either blown or solid pieces.

Suellen Fowler has been flameworking for 50 years. She attended the Glass Workshop at Pepperdine College when she was 14 in 1969. The Workshop was a program developed by John Burton and taught by his student Margaret Youd. In the early 70’s, she started experimenting with combining oxides to create formulas that could be hand mixed over a torch to make colored borosilicate cane. Most of her formulas were made from various combinations of Germanium Dioxide, silver, cobalt and copper oxides. Through observation and repetition Suellen learned about flame settings and the atmospheric chemistry necessary to achieve the quality of color she desired. Her color palette is a signature of her blown and sculpted glass. Suellen has been teaching an ‘off hand’ style of flamework glass based on John Burton’s set of techniques for the last 20 years. She also played a seminal role in the origins of commercially manufactured borosilicate colored rod.

 

Workshop 9: “Optical Grinding and Polishing”
Instructor – Nezih Dural
Tuesday June 18th 8:00am – Noon – Corning Museum of Glass – Sold Out
This seminar will  entail practical glass grinding and hand polishing on the work bench. Materials and techniques used to accomplish and assess optical quality for flatness will be provided and taught in a workshop environment. Instruction will also cover optical applications used in atomic and applied physics and the interplay with lasers.

 

Workshop 10: “Optical Bonding Technique”
Instructor – Nezih Dural
Tuesday June 18th 1:00pm – 5:00pm – Corning Museum of Glass – Sold Out
Window fusing with low surface distortion will be taught and demonstrated using an assortment of techniques: Glass to glass diffusion bonding by using polished tube ends. Glass to glass adhesion bonds using solder tape and fritting glass. Glass to glass bonding by using anodic bonding techniques.

Nezih Dural – Instructor
2010 – Present, Princeton University Physics Dept. NJ
2009 – 2010 – ThorLabs, NJ
2006-2009 – Optics for Research, NJ
Education – MS Physics of Engineering, Stevens of Technology, NJ
Black Sea Technical University, Bachelor of Science
Physics,Trabzon
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