Salem Community College Artist-in-Residence and Distinguished Alumnus Paul J. Stankard will present “Scientific Glassblowing in Service of Science and Art” on Wednesday, October 9. This free lecture and demonstration will begin at 5 p.m. at the Samuel H. Jones Glass Education Center, 286 Welchville Rd., Alloway.
Stankard, an SCC 1963 graduate in Scientific Glassblowing and an internationally respected glass artist from Mantua, has dedicated the lecture to the College’s past and present glass instructors.
“There is something very interesting happening in the contemporary glass flameworking world and it’s evidenced by our increased enrollment at Salem Community College,” said Stankard, who chairs SCC’s International Flameworking Conference. “I’m proud of the College’s role in training the leaders and workforce in the scientific glass industry. It is a remarkable testimony to our nation’s community college system and a great example of how this flagship program has been relevant for over 50 years in a constantly changing industry.”
The only program of its kind in the nation, Scientific Glass Technology combines classroom study and hands-on laboratory techniques, technical drawing and advanced fabrication. This fall, the program is fully enrolled with 70 students with another 37 majoring in Glass Art.
SCC’s glass programs are taught in a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2009. The Samuel H. Jones Glass Education Center features a 10,000-square-foot lab/studio honoring Stankard. Built on the Salem County Improvement Authority’s grounds in Alloway, the Center recovers landfill methane as an energy source for glassmaking.
For more information about the lecture, call (856) 351-2232. For information about SCC’s glass programs, visit www.salemcc.edu/glass.
Photo caption: World-renowned glass artist Paul J. Stankard, left, demonstrates for Salem Community College students last fall. Stankard, a 1963 SCC graduate, will offer a free lecture and demonstration at the College’s Glass Education Center in Alloway on Oct. 9.