Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

Nov. 3, 2006

Glassblowing demonstration, sale set for Nov. 14-15

DeKalb, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club will hold its annual glassblowing demonstration on Tuesday, Nov. 14. It will feature the work of chemistry department glassblower, Dan Edwards.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 200 of Faraday West. It is open to the public.

A glass sale will be held after the demonstration, where items made by Edwards will be available for purchase. They will include Christmas ornaments, icicles, dragons, hummingbirds and beaker mugs. The sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Faraday West lobby.

“This is always a popular event in the community,” said Professor David Ballantine in the NIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “It’s a great opportunity to get in some early holiday shopping. What’s even better is the modest pricing. Many of the items Dan makes could be sold in novelty shops for two or three times what we charge.”

Proceeds will help support various activities held by the NIU Chemistry Club, an American Chemical Society student program and pre-professional program that promotes the chemistry field to undergraduate students.

Parking for the event will be available after 7 p.m. in the NIU Parking Garage on Normal Road. The parking facility is located across the street from Faraday Hall West. For more information on the demonstration and sale, contact Ballantine at (815) 753-6857 or