Glassblowing is a family tradition in the Wheeler family with a combined 127 years of
Joe began his career in 1946 at Blaesig glassblowing and has worked at the University of
Arkansas, Purdue University, Dow Chemical, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the
University of Hawaii, Litton Electro-optics, and Hughes Electro-optics. He is currently
retired and would very much like to share his skills in glassblowing.
Mike began his glassblowing career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he
served a four year apprenticeship with his father, Joe. In 1974 he took the glassblowing
position at Arizona State University and worked there until retirement in 2004. Mike taught
a credit course in scientific glassblowing for graduate students in Chemistry.
Christi began her career in the glassblowing facility at Arizona State University in 1990 and
served a four year apprentice training program with her father, Mike. Currently, Christi is in
charge of glassblowing operations at ASU and teaches a credit course in scientific
Despite their scientific glassblowing background, all three have always been interested in
artistic glassblowing projects. Glass is an amazing material that has endless possibilities
for creating beautiful art. Join us!
Click here to see a five minute
video of the Wheelers three
generations of glassblowing.