Founded in 1962, the UW-Madison Glass Lab was the first collegiate glass program in the nation, and is considered by many to be the birthplace of American Studio Glass. Today, the program focuses on glass in the larger context of fine art, with a dedicated roster of visiting artists that exemplify this approach. Undergraduates establish a foundation of technical skills in hot, warm, and cold glass processes, including: blowing, casting, fusing, slumping, flameworking, and coldworking. Graduates work closely with faculty across our interdisciplinary department to develop their own studio practice in the MFA program. The Glass Lab also includes a fully equipped neon facility—one of only a handful in academia. Teamwork, safety, and fun are as paramount to the program as technical rigor, critical thinking, and material investigation. Hand skills are employed in the service of a conceptually-driven studio practice. Students are encouraged to consider interpretations of glass—as process, as phenomena, as performance, and more—that speak to a broader understanding of the material in contemporary studio practice.