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GLASS ACT

Chemistry labs remain one of the most reliable places where science and art still manage to meet. This exquisite distillation apparatus—used in synthetic organic chemistry—was built by Tom Dusek, a scientific glassblower with Florida State's Department of Chemistry. Dusek apprenticed for more than a decade under his father Leo, a master glassblower, before working as the scientific glassblower for the Institute of Polymer Science at the University of Akron in Ohio. Though still in high demand, scientific glassblowing is a vanishing skill being priced out of the market by new techniques and off-the-shelf glassware.


 










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