Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

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Contact: David Ballantine, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(815) 753-6857

November 12, 2007

Glassblowing demonstration, sale set for Nov. 27-28

DeKalb, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club invites the public to its annual glassblowing demonstration at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Faraday West 200.

It will be the last chance to see chemistry department glassblower Dan Edwards ply his trade. Edwards will retire in the coming year.

A glass sale will be held after the demonstration, when 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 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the lobby of Faraday West.

“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. The club is a student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society 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 Deck along the west side of Normal Road, about one block north of Lincoln Highway (Route 38). For more information on the demonstration and sale, contact Ballantine at (815) 753-6857 or