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A Glass Blower’s Companion with Jason Michael -Helping Today's Glass Artist Think Like an Artistic Entrepreneur

Aug 18, 2016


Episode 121- Best of featuring MIke Souza: Princeton University's Glass Man

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Michael J Souza Princeton University Dept. of Chemistry Frick Lab /Glass Shop 
Job Title: Professional Specialist / Scientific Glassblower

Employment History:
Princeton University Princeton NJ 1992 - present -Hired as an hourly employee - Promoted in 1994 to Tech Staff III

W. A. Sales LTD., Wheeling, IL 1986- 92

- Master Glassblower and Shop Foreman

- Oversaw operations at Northwestern University & The University of Chicago

Wyse Glass, Midland, MI 1986-88

-Master Glassblower

- Became business partner for small custom shop that serviced Dow Corning

-Dissolved partnership as Dow/Corning faced Chapter 11 from lawsuits involving breast implants

W. A. Sales LTD., Wheeling, IL 1980-86

-Master Glassblower

-Shift Foreman

-In 1981 the company established a contract shop at Northwestern University and I ran the shop full time at the university

Valley Design Corp. Littleton, MA 1978-80

-Master Glassblower

-Head of Glassblowing Dept.

Aldrich Chemical, Milwaukee WI 1977-78

-Completed my Journeyman program under Dieter Dammrow

W. A. Sales Ltd., Wheeling IL 1975 -77

-Journeyman at a custom shop to work more independently

Kontes / Martin, Evanston, IL 1973-75

-Apprentice at the shop where my father was Production Manager Education

-Graduated as Honor Student at Palatine High School -Attended Oakton Community College