Inamori School of Engineering

Short Courses - Glass Science for the Glass and Ceramic Artist

Who Attends
Glass artists who wish to understand the behavior of glass from a more scientific viewpoint and receive assistance in recognizing the almost unlimited potential of properties that can be developed.

Course Description
This course can help the artist solve forming problems, develop new colors and glazes, design structures that cannot normally be formed (or which may spontaneously fail later), produce art that is relatively unaffected by moisture during washing (or as it stands exposed to the atmosphere) and form metal-glass, and ceramic-glass composites in ways that might normally be difficult.

Course Outline
The course, taught by artists and glass scientists, will cover the basic science of glass, but with an emphasis on those topics of most interest to the artist. Examples include:

  • How glass composition influences properties
  • How to make your glass 2-5 times stronger
  • How to create transparent, electrically conductive coatings
  • How to make glass at room temperature
  • How to dramatically improve the chemical durability of glass
  • The science of fusing and sagging
  • Color formulation
  • Glazes and glass color - unique effects
  • Glass transition range behavior - annealing problems
  • Using phase separation and devitrification
  • Problems brought by attendees

Knowledge of chemistry or physics is not necessary. We will cover the basic principals governing structure and properties to a depth sufficient for understanding those properties. Each student will be provided a pre-publication text authored by the course faculty. The text covers all the basic science and much of the lecture material.

Dr. William C. LaCourse, Kruson Distinguished Professor of Glass Science, in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University.

Ronald E. Miller had spent 33 years at Bell Laboratories, where he did many fundamental research projects on the materials related to the thin film structures and/or compositions. After retired from Agere, Inc., in 2001, he has been very active in development of thin film techniques. Currently, he is a visiting scientist at Alfred University. Mr. Miller has several U.S. patents issued, and more than eighty papers published.

Course Fee