I took my first glassblowing class at Rio Hondo Junior College in 1973. I later learned to make high-intensity lamps and LASERs at Glass Instruments Inc. in Pasadena, California. I have taken classes and workshops from the creators of the American Studio Glass Movement and many international glass artists, and have demonstrated glassblowing from the LA County Fair to The Crucible in Oakland, California. I spent twenty years in Silicon Valley making lamps, LASERs, vacuum systems and X-ray tubes.

I made this mashup from a Smithsonian Museum video about the Corning Museum of Glass, pictures of some of my work plus images I have collected. I did not edit the audio. Most of the hundreds of thousands of electro-optical devices I have made were proprietary designs, so I don’t have images. They have all been used in industry and discarded.

This first image is my work ranging (l-r) from a re-creation of a pre-Buddhist Chinese burial vessel to a gas LASER for a large commercial LASER printer. The dancing glassblowers are making RADAR tubes for WWII in a painting by Merwyn Peake. I made the dolphin sculpture in a workshop in Milwaukee during the American Scientific Glassblower Society’s 2015 annual conference. The last image is the high-intensity short-arc Mercury vapor lamps I spent fourteen years making at the Advanced Radiation Corporation (ARC) in Santa Clara, California, for the manufacture of computer chips.

Watch the original Corning Museum of Glass video

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January 24, 2016