An MIT staff member writes, "The Glass Lab is a place where students learn, through direct manipulation, about the unique properties of glass. It is an art-based program and encourages exploration and a creative use of the material. After students have mastered fundamental hand skills, they sometimes go on to make objects that link glass with other their areas of interest and expertise. I think it would be a great idea to display one such object (or a small group of objects) in the 150 exhibition.

Several reasons:
1. The Glass Lab is a place where students can learn about a material that is used for both scientific and artistic purposes through direct, hands-on experience;
2. The Glass Lab stresses exploration, innovation, and creativity, all qualities that add important dimensions to science and engineering.
3. The Glass Lab promotes teamwork. Students learn to both run a team and be part of a team, and these are good skills for scientists and engineers to have.
4. The Glass Lab is a great community, and people across the Institute want to be part of it."

Photograph by Kent Dayton, Art Direction: Paul Montie

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  • A wonderful example of art, engineering and teamwork! More people should be aware of this treasure.

    Pamela McGrath

    12 Nov 09 at 10:46 am

  • I strongly support this idea: think of glass as a historic and important “first” industry of New England esp. Cape Cod. Influenced by change in heating technologies in 1890s, and becoming an “art” form in 1970s with students at MIT and at RISD. Chihuly rocks.


    Sara Hamlen

    12 Nov 09 at 1:40 pm

  • The Glasslab absolutely was my haven while an undergrad at MIT. Really a terrific MIT institution.

    louis basel

    12 Nov 09 at 6:33 pm

  • The glass lab is not only a great teaching department it is also a great face of MIT with the Boston community at large

    Donna Garner

    11 Dec 09 at 11:57 pm

  • LoVE the LaB

    The most exciting art display , SO creative !!
    Look forward to it EVERY year !!!


    12 Dec 09 at 9:41 am

  • worth every vote

    Patti Pisani

    14 Dec 09 at 9:04 am

  • MIT Glass Lab: a unique place where science meets art

    Bev White

    16 Dec 09 at 11:44 am

  • The Glass Lab is an amazing learning and inventing space!

    McCurdy Miller

    23 Dec 09 at 8:51 am

  • this is so cool i want to do it when i get older


    31 Jan 10 at 4:54 pm

  • photo credit should be: photograph by Kent Dayton, Art Direction: Paul Montie
    Photo was shot for the Page hazelgrove lecturship in glass arts.

    paul montie

    14 May 10 at 3:16 pm