Scientific Glassblower

Gayle Nicholson

The University Glassblower, Mrs Gayle Price covers all aspects of scientific glassblowing, including hot and cold glass working.

The Glass Workshop is fully equipped for the production of specialised glassware, to satisfy the needs of research groups and teaching laboratories in many departments around the University of Leicester. Hospitals, commercial companies and individuals, outside of the university also use her skills.

All types of glass and ceramic can be worked, to produce apparatus for a wide range of processes including; vacuum systems, electro chemical cells, reaction vessels, all types of column and electrodes. Help and advice is available, before the construction of glassware, especially unusual items.

Examples of work undertaken:

  • Design and execution of custom glassware
  • Vacuum systems and apparatus
  • Jacketed vessels
  • Glass electrodes
  • Electro chemical cells
  • Chromatography, sintered and jacketed columns
  • Modifications and repairs to existing glassware
  • Soda, borosilicate and quartz glassware

Please contact Gayle through her email -

About Gayle Price

Gayle has been working in glassblowing since the late 1990s. She was trained by William McCormack at Glasgow University and helped to reconstruct the glassblowing facility at the University of Hull after a disastrous flood in 2007. She joined the University of Leicester in 2012. More about Gayle.

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Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK


Tel: [+44] (0)116 252 2100

Fax: [+44] (0)116 252 3789

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