2017 Lathe Flame Off Challenge

Exciting News

The American Scientific Glassblowers Society

and Gravlab will hold a Flame-Off Challenge in Austin, Texas during the ASGS 2017 Symposium and Exposition.

This Lathe Flame-Off competition will award

prizes to the winners in the People’s Choice, Artistic, and Functionality categories.

Each team will consist of two glassblowers with at least one scientific ASGS member. Together they will create their

Glass Sculpture Masterpiece with a scientific flare.

The piece must include different types of seals

and be scientifically functional; no smoking functionality please.

Lathes, torches and bench space will be provided by Grav

but participants are of course welcome to use their own gear.

8 lathe stations and 12 bench space will be available for 8 teams.

The event will take place from 2:00pm to 10:00 pm. on Sunday, July 23rd

Contestants will be allowed 6 hours to complete their work with

A flex time start any time after 2:00.

All torches must be off and work completed by 10:00pm.

All finished pieces will be auctioned on Wednesday, 7/26 with proceeds going to Meals on Wheels.

Judges will consist of ASGS board members and Artists from the Lampworking Industry.

Rules for the Flame-Off Event

Each team will consist of 2 people. The team must include one ASGS, Regular, Junior, or Retired member, and the 2nd team member can be an Artistic or Associate ASGS member or anyone from the general public.
Each team will have 6 hours to create something of scientific function with an artistic flair. No smoking functionality can enter the competition.
Fabricated scientific components can be included; however the entire piece must be made from raw color and clear material during the 6 hours.
Interested but need more information? Send an email to Stephan Peirce, the Grav tech managing the contest, at 2017asgsflameoff@asgs-glass.org.
Want to connect with others considering joining a team? Leave your info on this Google Docs page and check back often. http://bit.ly/2qxeuws
Competition winners will be awarded gear and supplies from Carlisle, Nortel, Griffin, Simax, Coating by Sandberg, North Jersey Diamond Wheel and others.