Chem 565 Introduction to Scientific Glassblowing


CHEM 565,  Spring 2024

Course Description:

This course provides a basic introduction to the fabrication of scientific apparatus from glass. Topics covered include laboratory set-up, the fundamental skills and techniques of glassblowing, the operation of glass fabrication equipment, and requisite safety procedures. Emphasis is placed on manipulative skills and dexterity, as well as the basic tools, materials, and equipment found in a modern glassblowing facility. Students learn through formal and informal lectures, supplemented by extensive hands-on training in the methods of glass heating and manipulation. 

  • Chem 565L- Introduction to Scientific Glassblowing is a ½ credit graduate level course and cannot be used toward any degree requirement. 
  • All students must have permission of their advisor to enroll.
  • Class is limited to 5 students.

Enrollment procedure:

There are 3 sections offered Spring semester, 2024.

Section 1.

                Monday & Wednesday  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Section 2

                Monday & Wednesday  1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Section 3

                Tuesday & Thursday  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Section 1 & 2 will be available first to Chem Graduate students and undergraduate students who have declared Chemistry as their major.

Section 3 is designated for MFA students, and those students will be selected by the Art Department.

Chemistry students will be able to sign up for section 1 & 2, in person in the Glass Shop, SCL 14 beginning 8:00 AM Tuesday January 16th.  What seats are available are open to any Yale Graduate student or Undergraduate beyond first year,  beginning Thursday January 18th at 8:00 AM, also in person at SCL 14.

Class meetings will begin the week of January 22nd.

All class material is provided, students only need to be on time and wear proper laboratory attire.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or to check availability.