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Facilities + Resources

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)
  • Three glory holes
  • Three benches with compressed air stations
  • Mobile pipe cooler
  • Gas-fired pipe warmer
  • Two large front-loading annealing ovens
  • Two top-loading annealing ovens
  • Three pick-up ovens
  • One front-loading sculpture annealing oven (for solid work)
  • Rolling metal boxes and ladles for sandcasting
  • Oxy-propane bench torch
  • Natural gas-fired garage
  • Sand casting equipment (ladles, metal boxes, acetlyne)
  • Two Digitry GB5 controllers
  • One Watlow 981 controller

Kiln Room

  • Two small kilns
  • Three small stacker ovens
  • Four medium ovens
  • Two large ovens
  • One car kiln
  • One bell kiln
  • Two Digitry GB5 controllers
  • Nederman downdraft de-molding table

Cold Shop

  • Clipper diamond cut-off saw
  • Covington diamond cut-off saw
  • Somaca glass drill press
  • Two Somaca roller platen vertical belt sanders
  • Three diamond flatting wheels
  • One large Steinert flatting wheel
  • Two Somaca polishing wheels
  • Four grinding/cutting lathes and diamond wheels
  • Two Merker cutting lathes
  • Two Foredom flexible-shaft engraving stations
  • Merker engraving lathe
  • Two Tornado I and II air-powered diamond shaping tools
  • Two Starlite hand-held etching/grinding tools
  • Two 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