Demonstrations

Co-Chair
Kaite Jones
kjonesasgs@gmail.com
513-982-1225

Co-Chair
Klaus Paris
k.paris.asgs@gmail.com
302-985-3987

Presenters will demonstrate their process in scientific glassblowing.

We invite you or someone you know to share a demonstration. Please fill out the proposal application and share your expertise in glass

Thursday, June 29th
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: General Howard Room

This years presenters are:

1:00pm - 1:30pm
Build a protractor on your lathe spindle for accurate rotation angles while working

Presenter: Erich Moraine

Using simple tools add an accurate angle measurement system to your lathe for use while building glassware on the lathe.

Erich Moraine is a 1979 graduate of Salem Community College. He has worked both as a production and research glassblwer at a series of glass positions including WA Sales, Aldrich Chemical, University of Nebraska, R.J. Brunfeld, and now self-employed as Wild Rose Glass where he provides scientific glassware design, cunsulti, fabrication and repair services. Erich has been active in the ASGS since 1980 having recently stepped down as chair of teh Midwest Section. He remains active in the scientific glass community offering workshops, seminars and demonstrations at regional section meetings as well as national symposia. He is the father of tree amazing adult daughters and has a small shop next to his country farmhouse in southeastern Wisconsin.

1:40pm - 2:10pm
Japanese Style Jacketed 500 ml Flask

Presenters: Hideaki Hashimoto & Riku Hashimto

A 500ml round flask is welded to the inside of a 1000ml round flask to create a jacketed double tube. This production will be done by Hideaki and his son Riku.

In 1980, Hideaki Hashimoto started working as a second-generation scientific glass blower. After learning the trade from his father and a glassblower, he joined the Rikagaku Glass Association in Tokyo. Three years later, he passed the Level 2 National Skills Test, and two years later, he passed the Level 1 Skills Test.In 2000 he became the technical chairman of the glass union. After being appointed as the chairman of the association later, he is currently providing technical guidance to his juniors as a director.
After participating in the ASGS symposium for the first time in 2006, Hideaki has participated in the ASGS symposium every year in recent years.

Riku Hashimoto graduated from the Faculty of Engineering in 2021, joined Tokyoseisakusho, Inc. For about two years he has been practicing and making glass work every day.
Riku participated in last year's symposium for the first time as a junior member.

2:20pm - 2:50pm
Salon Cup Scrub

Presenter: Kyle Meyer

Kyle will fabricate a salon cup scrub in a production style. This demonstration will cover several techniques, flange forming with a graphite tool, use of Hideaki glass tube cutter, a hot plate, holders and glass punties.

Kyle Meyer is a scientific and artistic glassblower from Wisconsin. He started his career in Scientific Glassblowing in 2001 after attending school at SCC under the instruction of Daryl Smith. He then went on to work for Sigma Aldrich where he trained under Bill Wasemiller. After 13 years at Sigma, he worked at the University of Georgia as Glass Shop Manager for four years. Currently, he is continuing his career at Procter and Gamble in Ohio as a Glassblowing Research Specialist since 2020.


3:00pm - 3:30pm
Fabrication and Repair of Glass to Metal Seals

Presenter: Victor Nunn

Glass-to-metal seals are a very important element of the construction of vacuum tubes, electric discharge tubes, pressure tight glass windows in metal cases, etc. Properly done, such a seal is hermetic (vacuum tight, good electrical insulation, special optical properties e.g. UV lamps). Victor’s demo will include the fabrication and repair of glass to metal seals.

A master at his craft Victor Nunn is a respected member of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society (ASGS). Blowing glass since 1981, fashioning some of the world's finest glass-to-metal seals, including stainless steel directly to Pyrex. Passionate about integrating scientific glassblowing principles with artistic applications, Victor enjoys working with local artists whenever his schedule permits."

4:20pm - 4:50pm
5C Collets for Glassblowing

Presenter: Patrick Joseph DeFlorio

We have adapted 5 c collets for our Litton Lathes. They can be used directly to chuck metal collars for glass to metal seals or with graphite bushings to hold glass directly.

Patrick DeFlorio was lucky enough to be allowed independent study at Minuteman Vocational High School for 2 years. What a time! Opening the dormant foundry making sand castings and operating machine tools. The next two years at Wentworth Institute receiving a Associates Degree in Manufacturing. Summers casting Uranium for armaments or rebuilding machinery used to make paper. After graduating Wentworth Patrick joined his father William DeFlorio at Yankee Glassblower. They worked as a team designing fixtures to make thousands of glass to metal seals and other specialty glassware. Bill worked until days of his passing at 83, willing to learn something new and be able to contribute. Patrick continues the business with a small machine shop still supporting the glass work. He enjoys refining a process through new techniques and fixtures.
ASGS activities Patrick has been the Northeast Section Secretary and Director as well as President of the Society. He has written papers on glassblowing glasses, hazards of HF, fabrication Platinum Conductivity Cells among others. Demonstrations have included Kovar to glass sealing, precision drawing glass under vacuum, platinum seals, repairing a reactor head and glass to Sapphire seal.
Patrick and his wife Lorraine have 3 children that have attended meetings and symposiums. All have benefitted from the ASGS. Daughter Emily edited written works before publication in Fusion. She now is a high School English Teacher. Daughter Barbara is an Analitical Chemist and son William is finishing up his PHd in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M. Emily's husband Matt McDonald worked with Patrick for several years before joining MicroSemi.

3:40pm - 4:10pm
One Fabrication Technique for a Larger Scale Blood Feeder

Presenter: James Hodgson

There are probably as many designs for blood feeders as there are glassblowers. Research on blood feeding insects typically requires blood at body temperature. A water jacket to maintain the temperature and a way to cover the chamber with parafilm or some other skin mimic are integral parts of any feeder. This is one of many ways to fabricate such a feeder.

James Hodgson graduated from Kansas State University in 1982 with a BS degree in Geophysics. Jim was employed in the oil exploration business with Kerr-McGee Oil Company and Western Geophysical. He then received an Associate Degree in Scientific Glassblowing from Salem Community College. He has been employed as the scientific glassblower at Kansas State University for more than 25 years. Jim has served as the ASGS National Treasurer, ASGS National President and is currently chair of the Publications Committee.

Kathryn Jones / Co - Chair

Kathryn started blowing glass in 1997 at Salem Community College. Soon after, she began working at Greatglas, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1999, she took a hiatus to raise her children and returned to glass in 2007. For the next six years, Kathryn served the ASGS at the regional level by holding various officer positions within the Delaware Valley section. In 2012, she returned to Salem Community College to finish her degree. Upon graduation, she accepted a position at General Electric as a Scientific Glass Technician and she and her children relocated to Niskayuna, NY. Kathryn was honored to serve on the ASGS Board of Directors from 2015-2021, where she held the positions of Secretary, President-Elect and then President.

Klaus Paris / Co - Chair

Klaus started blowing glass in Germany in 1982 and holds degrees as a Master Craftsman in Scientific Glassblowing and State Certified Engineering Glass Technologist. Klaus has worked in production, in his family’s scientific glass business, in research institutions like Max Planck Institute and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and is currently the Instructional Chair of the Scientific Glass Program at Salem Community College in New Jersey, USA. Klaus has been engaged in his volunteer positions at the German and American scientific glassblowing societies for over 2 decades. Klaus received the Helmut E. Drechsel Achievement Award in 2019. Currently he serves as the International Liaison officer of the ASGS and as a member of the advisory council at the VDG.