The UW-Madison Glass Lab hosted the regional meeting of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society on September 24, 2016. The meeting featured a keynote lecture by UW-Madison Professor Catherine Jackson, the first historian to tell the story of early 19th century chemist Justus Liebig, and the birth of scientific glassblowing via an apparatus called the kaliapparat. In her lecture-demo, Dr. Jackson and Tracy Drier, scientific glassblower in the UW-Madison Chemistry Department, shared their route to this groundbreaking history and their plans for the future. The meeting included a hands-on workshop, where ASGS members and Glass Lab students created replica kaliapparat with period-specific glass on reconstructed 19th century torches. The day finished with technical flame working and hot glass demonstrations, as well as a raffle!


Photos by Sarah Morton