School of Chemistry

Scientific glassblower

The University of Leicester's glassblower, Mrs Gayle Price, covers all aspects of scientific glassblowing, including hot and cold glass working.

The glass workshop is fully equipped for the production of specialised glassware to satisfy the needs of research groups and teaching laboratories in many departments around the University. Hospitals, commercial companies and individuals outside of the university also use Gayle's skills.

All types of glass and ceramic can be worked, to produce apparatus for a wide range of processes including vacuum systems, electrochemical cells, reaction vessels, all types of columns and electrodes. Help and advice is available before the construction of glassware, especially for unusual items.

Examples of work undertaken

  • Design and execution of custom glassware
  • Vacuum systems and apparatus
  • Jacketed vessels
  • Glass electrodes
  • Electrochemical cells
  • Chromatography, sintered and jacketed columns
  • Modifications and repairs to existing glassware
  • Soda, borosilicate and quartz glassware

About Gayle Price

Gayle has been working in glassblowing since the late 1990s. She was trained by William McCormack at Glasgow University and helped to reconstruct the glassblowing facility at the University of Hull after a disastrous flood in 2007. She joined the University of Leicester in 2012.

Meet Gayle Price, the University's scientific glassblower, who spends her time creating specialised glassware and apparatus for research and teaching purposes.

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