to the Glass Lab is gained through
beginning, intermediate, and advanced glass blowing classes, which
are open to all members of the MIT community. These glass seminars
are non-credit classes.
little or no experience in glass blowing start with the BEGINNING
seminar, which is taught three times each academic year: fall semester
(about 6 weeks), IAP (4 weeks, and open to freshmen only), and spring
semester (about 8 weeks). Entry to the beginning classes is by lottery.
Dates and locations of upcoming lotteries are posted on this website.
The Lab can accommodate 16 beginning students per semester. This
group is divided into four classes of four students each. The time
commitment for a beginner is two 2- hour classes per week: one instruction
session and one practice session. Currently, students have a choice
of one of the following time blocks for the Friday instruction session:
10:00am12:00 noon; 12:002:00pm; 2:004:00;
and 4:006:00pm. Practice session times are announced each
semester and are generally from 4:006:00 and/or 6:008:00pm. Scheduling is done for each student at the lottery, immediately
following admission into the class. There is a lab fee of $30 per
week for all classes.
sessions are taught by qualified alumni of the beginner seminar
and others invited into the program. Many of these monitors take
the INTERMEDIATE glass blowing seminar, which is taught by experienced
glass blowers working professionally in the field. Each semester
there are a total of 24 students in four intermediate glass blowing
classes, usually conducted once a week in the evening.
class, also held once a week, is composed of six of the most experienced
instructors in the Glass Lab, and is currently taught by a visiting
To sign up for
a beginning glass blowing seminar, you MUST be present at the lottery.
Dates and locations of upcoming lotteries will be announced on this
webpage. The Glass Lab maintains a mailing list, which we use to
inform people about important upcoming events such as lectures and
sales. If you wish to put yourself on this mailing list or contact
us, please see our contact