Facilities

The glass department provides its students with a thorough technical foundation and broad resources for specialized material exploration. An extensive custom facility offers a full range of glassworking processes (see below). Among its various refinements are a half-ton continuous-melt glass furnace, a 500-lb. casting furnace, 22 computer-programmed process ovens, a well-developed coldworking facility and individual studio space for graduate and undergraduate students.

Hot Shop 

  • continuous melt furnace (1000-lb. capacity)
  • casting furnace (500-lb. capacity)
  • 3 glory holes
  • 3 benches with compressed air stations
  • mobile pipe cooler
  • gas-fired pipe warmer
  • 2 large front-loading annealing ovens
  • 2 top-loading annealing ovens
  • 3 pick-up ovens
  • 1 front-loading sculpture annealing oven (for solid work)
  • rolling metal boxes & ladles for sandcasting
  • oxy-propane bench torch
  • natural gas-fired garage
  • sand casting equipment (ladles, metal boxes, acetlyne)
  • 2 Digitry GB5 controllers
  • 1 Watlow 981 controller

Kiln Room 

  • 2 small kilns
  • 3 small stacker ovens
  • 4 medium ovens
  • 2 large ovens
  • 1 car kiln
  • 1 bell kiln
  • 2 Digitry GB5 controllers
  • Nederman downdraft de-molding table

Cold Shop 

  • Clipper diamond cut-off saw
  • Convington diamond cut-off saw
  • Somaca glass drill press
  • 2 Somaca roller platen vertical belt sanders
  • 3 diamond flatting wheels
  • 1 large Steinert flatting wheel
  • 2 Somaca polishing wheels
  • 4 grinding/cutting lathes & diamond wheels
  • 2 Merker cutting lathes
  • 2 Foredom flexible-shaft engraving stations
  • Merker engraving lathe
  • 2 Tornado I & II air-powered diamond shaping tools
  • 2 Starlite hand-held etching/grinding tools
  • 2 Rose Industries Recipro-lap automatic polishing machines
  • American ultraviolet curing lamp
  • UV gluing station
  • Polarizing lamp

Sandblasting Room 

  • Zero Mfg. Co. #BN 65-1 sandblaster
  • Cyco-Blast industrial sandblaster

Plaster Room 

  • Hoffman RPGH-15 steam machine

Additional Equipment 

  • Carlisle and Bethlahan bench burners


 

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Mara Streberger, 10, Spacial Intervals, glass/linen thread/hydraulic cement