Glassblowing Facility

Glassblower Rick Smith modifying a glass tubeHoused in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Glassblowing Facility offers professional glassblowing services to faculty and other researchers at The University of Alabama.

The shop is managed by Rick Smith, a laboratory glassblower with more than 45 years of experience. Smith specializes in the custom design, fabrication, and repair of scientific glassware. He does not produce standard catalog items like test tubes and beakers, but he routinely modifies such items for research. Smith will also repair basic laboratory glassware provided it is worth saving and has been cleaned prior to submission.

The shop is fully equipped with lathes, saws, torches, and a variety of other instruments. To reduce production time, some glass parts and tubing are kept in stock; more specialized items may be ordered or created in-house.

Courses

The Glassblowing Facility occasionally offers interim courses in scientific glassblowing, CH 410 (undergraduate) and CH 510 (graduate). More information is available in the UA catalog.

More Information

For more information or to initiate a project, contact Rick Smith, Glassblowing Facility Manager, at (205) 348-5545 or rick.smith@ua.edu.