Chemistry Staff Help Uncover the Lost History of UW’s 19th-Century Glass Treasures

th-century, the glass works were produced in a time when the mystery of the deep-sea sparked the interest of many.

“There are only a handful of collections like these in the world,” says campus glassblower Tracy Drier. “This glass is a treasure of the state.”

Over the past eight years, the joint efforts of the Zoology Museum and staff in the Department of Chemistry including Drier and Ilia Guzei, director of the X-Ray Crystallography Lab, have worked to preserve these treasures.  To start, a new photography display is open in the Academic Staff Art Gallery Room 270 in Bascom Hall.

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But, how and when did these specimens come to UW-Madison?

Over the years, however, the Blaschka models were phased out of classes and replaced with wax and plaster models.


View a slideshow about the collection on Flickr.

Story by Aimee Katz, College of Letters & Science