The Crossroads of Art & Science
Most people associate glassblowing with art, but is also essential for scientific research. In order to conduct experiments, chemists need specially designed glassware that can only be made by hand. This equipment is made from a special type of glass called borosilicate that can withstand sudden and extreme temperature changes. It is also unaffected by most chemicals.
Learn More about Glassblowing
Corning Museum of Glass. A great destination if you find yourself in New York State. An excellent on-line educational resource. http://www.cmog.org/
Scientific Glassblowing Organizations:
- American Scientific Glassblowers Society (ASGS)
- British Society of Scientific Glassblowers (BSSG)
- Scientific Glassblowers Society of Australia and New Zeeland (SGSANZ)
- German Scientific Glassblowers Society (VDG)
Would you like to be a glassblower?
- Enjoy working with your hands?
- Enjoy making things?
- Have good hand to eye coordination?
- Find it interesting to work with precision tools such as a ruler, calipers, and protractors?
- Enjoy 3-dimensional problem solving?
- Detail oriented?
- A good problem solver?
- Not bothered by heat?
- Undeterred by set-backs (sometimes glass breaks!)?
If you answered yes to these questions – scientific glassblowing could be a good career choice for you!! The scientific glassblower works closely with scientists, engineers and researchers to create the glass instruments they need to do their research. Through blueprints, sketches and discussions with researchers, a plan is developed to create the required glassware.
Careers in glassblowing
If you are interested in pursuing a career in scientific glassblowing, Salem Community College, located in Carney’s Point, New Jersey, offers a 2-year associates degree in Scientific Glass Technology. It is the only school in the USA that offers a degree in scientific glassblowing. Through hands-on learning and classroom instruction you will acquire the skills necessary to build glass apparatuses according to specifications. More information is available at www.salemcc.edu.