The next Midwest Section meeting will be in the fall of 2020 at the

Notre Dame University
Radiation Research Laboratory Glass shop

Hosted by Kiva Ford

Kiva Ford

Stay tuned for a date



Our most recent meeting was:

Midwest Section / Northeast Section
Zoom Meeting at Yale University 

March 27th 2021

Yale Chemistry Building

March 27th 2021
9:00-10:30AM CDT (Chicago / Midwest)
10:00-11:30 AM EDT (New York / Northeast)




An online meeting via Zoom
hosted by Daryl Smith head glassblower at Yale University

Daryl Smith head of the glass shop


This is a first time ever joint meeting of the Midwest Section and the Northeast Sections. Our glass host will be Daryl Smith head of the Yale University glass shop. Our emcee for the 90 minute call will be Preston Smith glassblower for Yale University.


After the meeting ends at 11:30  EDT the call will stay open for social and technical conversation. Also the Northeast members will be invited into a breakout room for the NES business meeting. Plan for additional time to participate in these events. 


The following demos and videos are scheduled:
A brief tour of the Yale Campus as you might see it if the meeting were in person.
A tour of the Yale University glass facility followed by time to ask Daryl or Preston questions about the glass shop.

A short video of the glass flower models at the Natural History Museum with discussion about the Glass Lifeforms exhibit coming to the Fuller Craft Museum. Sally Prasch (U of Mass at Amherst) will discuss the video, the exhibit, and take questions on both.

       Sally PRasch

A video demonstration by Patrick De Florio (Yankee Glassblower) of sealing sapphire tubing to borosilicate tubing with no intermediate glasses. Patrick will answer your questions after the video.                Patrick DeFlorio

A video demonstration by Tracy Drier glassblower at U of Wisconsin Madison of materials used and how to make the Wisconsin FireShield hand protector, useful for high temperature situations where you don’t want to wear a bulky insulating glove. Tracy will discuss the materials and process after the video.Tracy Drier

Click here for a downloadable PDF pattern to make your own: PATTERN


♦ Given enough time after the demos, there will be unscripted open-mic technical questions and answers forum. You are welcome to bring your scientific glass questions to the call. Chances are someone has an answer for you.   

♦ After the official conclusion of the meeting, the Northeast Section members will be invited into a breakout room for an NES business meeting. Everyone else is welcome to stay on the call, continue with technical questions and answers or socialize with glassblowing friends.

This is an educational event not a marketing event or a sales opportunity. You will be deleted without warning if you don’t respect this.

Got a service or product to sell? Want to connect with the scientific glassblowers market? Please consider becoming a sponsor of a section meeting. Contact the section chair for more information.



Erich Moraine
Chair Midwest Section ASGS




The Midwest Section includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and anyone else who would like to be a member. This very active Section meets twice per year, typically in the Spring and Fall. Meetings are a great way to collaborate with glass colleagues to learn new techniques and procedures. Join us at a Section meeting to meet your glass neighbors.


Past Meeting Locations and demonstrations. Highlighted demos are available for online viewing.

♦ Mar 27th 2020 Yale University jointly hosted with the Northeast Section (Online only) – Daryl Smith host        
       Yale Campus Tour – – Erich Moraine
       Yale Glass shop tour – – Daryl Smith
       Blaschka glass models – – Sally Prasch
       Sapphire tubing to N51 borosilicate tubing seal – – Patrick DeFlorio
       Fireshield hand protector construction and use – – Tracy Drier

♦ Oct 24th 2020 Kansas State University – James Hodgson  (Online only)
       Kansas State Campus tour – – James Hodgson
       Kansas State Glass Shop Tour – – James Hodgson
       Convert a 90 Degree 1 arm Stopcock to a 45 degree inline at the bench – -James Hodgson       
       Flawless star crack repair – – Kyle Meyer and Tracy Drier
       Hammer welding platinum – – Tracy Drier
       Precision resizing tubing OD – – Benjamin Revis
       Coil winding at the bench – – Kyle Meyer

♦ April 13 2019 University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Chemistry Dept Glass Shop Neal Korfage 
      kovar to glass seals on the lathe, internal bellows, 

♦ Oct 27th 2018 U. of Illinois Champagne-Urbana Chem Dept Glass Shop Urbana Il Andy Gibbs
     winding coils by hand, tee seal on 2″ process pipe, short form double wall beaker

♦ April 28th 2018 Mayo Clinic Glass Shop Rochester MN Steve Anderson 
   High vacuum tungsten to boro seals, drilling holes in boro with tungsten, 

♦Oct 14 2017 Millipore (formerly Aldrich Chemical) Milwaukee WI Michael D’Aquisto II
     Center neck on a 72 liter flask, Custom holder for a separatory funnel,

♦ April 29, 2017 University of Notre Dame Radiation Lab Glass Shop Kiva Ford– 
     Polishing carbon tools, 

♦ Sept 24 2016 University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Dept Tracy Drier
     Hand pulled tubing from the time of the Blaschkas, the worlds first piece       of purpose built scientific glass

♦ April 9, 2016 Western Michigan Glass Alliance Kalamazoo, MI Frank Meintz 
     Vac stacking to make colored tubing, glass tubing crack off machine use,       basic seals in quartz

♦ October 10, 2015 Argonne National Laboratory Joe Gregar
     Hand tooling a joint at the bench,

♦ April 18, 2015University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Neal Korfage
     Bends on the lathe.

♦ October 18, 2014 Wild Rose Glass Erich Moraine 
     Tooling a 5mm dia flange on the lathe

♦ April 12, 2014University of Iowa Benjamin Revis
     Angled ring seals on the lathe, glass formulation chemistry,

♦ Oct 19, 2013 University of Wisconsin Madison Chemistry Dept Glass Shop       Tracy Drier
     Hydroflouric Acid safety

♦ Apr 13,2013 Western Michigan Glass Society Frank Meintz

♦ Oct 12, 2012 University of Notre Dame Radiation Lab Glass shop Patrick          Bennet