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Biography: Katie Severance

Katie Severance
Katie Severance

While an intern at Princeton University, Katie Severance worked with scientific glassblower Mick Souza. There, she fabricated target cells for high-powered lasers while working with specialty glasses such as aluminosilicate, GE180, and quartz. In 2010, Severance joined Chemglass Life Sciences, where she learned to fabricate various borosilicate apparatus while operating a glass lathe. During this time, she furthered her glass education at night by studying artistic flameworking with renowned artist Paul J. Stankard. “It's like a beautiful dance, working with the material, getting to know it,” said Severance.

Severance earned an associate degree in Scientific Glass Technology from Salem Community College in 2011, and now instructs Scientific Glass Technology at the college. She has presented at the annual symposium of the American Scientific Glassblower Society, and at the International Flameworking Conference. Severance now works as an independent artist in Philadelphia, combining her skills as a scientific lathe worker with her passion for sculpting realistic floral designs.