Miscellaneous Fun

Glass Shop


Our hot glass shop is up and running!  Many thanks to the MRS Foundation, the Ceramics and Glass Industry Foundation, and the Colorado School of Mines for their generous funding, and to Mary Reitmeyer and the Missouri S&T glass shop for their assistance!  We’ll add and update pictures as we go.  The shop is managed by the Colorado chapter of Keramos; contact Sarah Harling, Hot Shop Manager for more information and/or if you’re interested in a tour, lessons, or anything else. We are also offering a 2 credit hour course each semester on the Art and Science of Glassblowing.

Jake Ivy was recently featured on Denver’s channel 9 news for his work in the glass shop! Check out the segment here. The shop was also featured in a recent Mines Magazine, click here to read story.

Ed Schmid, author of Advanced Glassworking Techniques, stopped by the glass lab for a demo while he was in town. Gaffers were able to ask questions and learn exciting new techniques from him!


Shannon Rogers has taken the lead on getting some pottery wheels installed in the ceramics center! The two wheels are Shimpo VL Whispers and have only recently gotten to the point of being fully installed and funcitonal. For further information, contact Shannon at shannonrogers@mines.edu. 


Support Crew

Andrew “Andy” Brennecka

Dogtor or Philosophy in Geophysics and Tennis Ball Aerodynamics
Enjoys slip casting, smiling, and  constantly encouraging his parents to help him in his aerodynamics studies while they attempt to work from home.

Lemon the Cat

Severely unemployed, loves chin scratches, dashboard rides, and sleeping on Shannon’s face
MS in Applied Cathematics and Marine Biology

Glinda the Good Dog

Does not pay rent, enjoys rolling in snow, long walks in the mountains, and sleeping on Valerie’s feet.
Dogtor of Philosophy in Squirrel Behavior and Rabbit Morphology