Sign up today for our Glass Techniques Class this fall!

Led by our master flameworker Sally Prasch, this course is primarily for students interested in glassblowing. History of glass will be covered as well as the different composition, safety and uses. Students will learn how to form glass in a flame.

Start date: August 24, 2020

Cost: $569 ($569/credit)
Term Fee: $47
Class Fee: TBA 

Click here for more details. Spots are limited, so enroll today! 

Student in glassblowing lab

About the Lab

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Glassblowing Laboratory is an indispensable part of any modern research team and a core facility within College of Natural Sciences operations. 


The mission of the glassblowing laboratory is to provide high quality, affordably priced standard and non–standard items, glassware modifications, repairs and custom designs for instructional and research needs. The lab works closely with individuals in the design, fabrication and repair of specialty scientific glass instruments.  

The lab has the capacity to work with all types of glass, including borosilicate, quartz, aluminosilicate, and soft glass. The shop is fully equipped with annealing ovens, lathes, diamond saw, lapping wheel, and a variety of torches. Some glass parts and tubing are kept in stock to keep turnaround time to a minimum. 

The glassblowing laboratory is run by Sally Prasch, a veteran laboratory glassblower with more than 40 years of experience. Please come by and see what the glassblowing laboratory can do for you.  The shop is now open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with basic services available on a walk-in basis. Service requests can be made at any time via email to Sally Prasch.

You may also use the order form: Glassblowing order form


Lab location

Lederle Graduate Research Center (LowriseRoom A19  
740 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003-9306 
Phone: 413-545-2185 

Directions to the Glassblowing Lab

For questions related to the operation of the facility, please contact Patti Cromack (


Photo credits: Top image: Laura Figueroa & Emily Hunerwadel. Bottom image: Melanie Ayer.