The Keystone College Mobile Glass Studio is hitting the road this spring.
The studio will provide live glass-blowing demonstrations at three local school districts in the coming weeks:
- May 5 at Tunkhannock High School/Middle School
- May 12 at Blue Ridge High School
- May 26 at Wallenpaupack High School
Demonstrations will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. each day and last throughout the school day.
The mobile studio, complete with its own glass furnace and all the component parts of a working glass studio, will be driven to the local schools to provide high school students with a unique opportunity to experience glass making. In addition to the artistic and aesthetic aspect of the process, students will learn many of the chemistry and physics principles behind the heating and molding of raw materials used to make glass objects. Funding for the project originated from Dorflinger Glass Museum in White Mills, Pa.
In addition to its artistic benefits, the mobile glass studio will be used to teach glass making techniques and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) principles.
The mobile glass studio, the only one of its kind in the region, is operated by Keystone faculty member James Harmon, an internationally recognized glass-making artist and combustion engineering expert.