We manufacture laboratory glassware and items for scientific and industrial uses of all sorts, for equitable prices in a convenient time frame. Our primary medium is borosilicate, or Pyrex glass. Our capabilities include the fabrication of standard laboratory glassware and all types of custom designed glass apparatus in a wide range of scales, and the repair of broken glassware. We are manufacturers of OEM glass parts as well, in quantities of hundreds or thousands as required.
We are known for our ability to execute customers' designs skillfully, as well as to devise intelligent solutions for customers' problems, from concept to glassware. We are knowledgeable in all facets of modern scientific glassblowing, and our location in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant centers for research and technology has given us lots of specific experience with glassware relating to biotech, biofuels, pharmaceutical, electrochemical, medicinal, environmental, combinatorial, and general chemistry applications.
We're committed to providing the best, most cost effective solutions for our customers' needs. We are happy that glass continues to be a unique and viable material for all kinds of research, testing, and production and we'd like to keep it that way! These pages are intended to introduce you to us and to scientific glassblowing, and to help you make good choices for your glassware. In a global marketplace, our success depends on satisfied customers.
We opened our shop in West Berkeley as Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass in the fall of 1993. In the winter of 1997 we moved to our new, expanded facility. Our location in the San Francisco Bay Area has brought us into contact with a wide variety of users of and applications for glass and we've benefitted from the diversity of work being done here. We have been accumulating glassblowers and equipment, and are constantly learning new ways to better serve our customers.
Tom Adams (on the left) graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Physics. Tom began scientific glassblowing in 1971 at R & D Glass in Berkeley, eventually becoming production manager. He has long experience in design and fabrication of all varieties of scientific and laboratory glassware. He lives with his two kids, a dog, and sea kayaks in Richmond. He enjoys folkdancing and paddles his kayak on the San Francisco Bay and environs (check out Bay Area Sea Kayakers).
George Chittenden (on the right) graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Art, specializing in ceramics and glass. He apprenticed in scientific glassblowing for four years with Willy Van Bragt at Selectro Scientific Glass in Sunnyvale. In 1984 he moved to R & D Glass, where he worked until mid-1993 as a primary glassblower in all facets of custom and production glass fabrication. He combines his love of glass with a lifelong pursuit of music. He is also responsible for most of the photography on our site.