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The Glass Shop is a full service shop engaged in the design and fabrication of custom and standard scientific glassware. Service is available to the entire Virginia Tech campus and also to the business community.  We are happy to discuss any glass working requirements you may have, whether it is for simple repairs, custom fabrication, or assistance with selecting and ordering standard glassware.

  • Fabrication and repair of borosilicate and quartz glassware
    • Flame working, including cutting, drilling, and grinding
    • Ultrasonic machining
    • Evacuation and silvering
    • Metal-to-glass seals and electrical feed-throughs
  • Instruction, demonstrations, and promotional items
  • Materials in stock
    • Large Stock of borosilicate tubing, joints, frits, stopcocks, and valves
    • Quartz tubing and joints
    • Plate glass in borosilicate and quartz
    • Special items ordered as needed

Ordering Work

All glassware needs to be thoroughly cleaned before it is brought to the Glass Shop. An acceptable scale drawing is required to aid in the discussion of the repair, construction, or modification required. We generally provides service on a "first come, first serve" basis, but emergencies will get higher priority if possible. 

Services are rendered only after an Interdepartmental Service Request (ISR) has been processed.  Instructions for creating an ISR through HokieMart may be found here.  Commercial customers should contact Tom Wertalik to make arrangements to submit a purchase order.

Glass Shop Examples


Vacuum ApparatusOther
  • Manifolds
  • Traps
  • Schlenk Lines and Flasks
  • Diffusion Pumps
  • Fritted Glassware
  • Evaporation Apparatus
  • Chromatography Columns
  • Extraction Apparatus
    Glass Shop Tall Flask
    Glass Shop Tall Flask


FlasksDistillation Apparatus
  • Single-neck
  • Multi-neck
  • Reacton
  • Jacketed


  • Condensers
  • Heads
  • Receivers
  • Addition Funnels
  • Separatory Funnels
    Glass Shop Example
    Glass Shop Angle Flask

Master Glassblower

    Tom Wertalik
Thomas P. Wertalik
Hahn Hall 1006

Service Hours

  • M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Ordering and Pricing

  • General instructions at left
  • ISR instructions (PDF)

Service Rates

  • Internal:  $13.00 / hour
  • External:  $132.00 / hour
  • Plus cost of materials

Shipping Address

24 Hahn Hall South
Dept. of Chemistry, 0212
Blacksburg VA 24061

    Tom Wertalik at the Heathway Lathe