Posts Tagged ‘New York State College of Ceramics’

U.S. Glass Industry Changes

August 6, 2013

A former customer of Peltier Glass, which closed in 2010 wrote us recently to ask where to find a replacement for a product she had regularly bought from Peltier.  For many years we would refer pressed and blown glass customers to the Society for Glass Sciences and Practices website, maintained by the West Virginia University College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.  Before I wrote to back to the customer, I checked to see if the SGSP site was still up, but it is not.

Back in the late 1970s Hope Gas supported the formation of the Society for Glass Science and Practices, and the last SGSP meeting at the traditional site, the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, was in 2010.  Most of the “hand glass” manufacturers have closed their glass plants, and their suppliers, who helped support the meeting, are working with customers in other areas of glass, or have also closed.  We are updating the Glass Factory Directory of North America now, and the “Pressed and Blown” section in the 2013 edition will be very small.

The gazing balls made by one of the traditional “pressed and blown” companies (Punxsutawney Glass and Tile) bought by the “opalescent glass” manufacturer Youghiogheny Glass several years ago were mentioned in a recent New York Magazine article about the artist Jeff Koons and his use of gazing balls in his sculptures. Punxsutawney Glass is located in the Pennsylvania town famous for Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog who may see his shadow on February 2 and so predict six more weeks of winter.

L. David Pye,  Dean and Professor of Glass Science, Emeritus, the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, was the featured speaker at this summer’s International Glass Congress July 1-5, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic, presenting the plenary talk “Glass and The Nanotechnology Paradigm.” Dr. Pye has previously served as past President of the International Commission on Glass and the American Ceramic Society, and has been instrumental in the education of many of today’s glass scientists and ceramic engineers.

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