A scientific artist, crafting from imagination – Texas News

A scientific artist, crafting from imagination – Texas News

You don’t need to be an expert in glassblowing to know Bill Merka does the impossible with just his bare hands, glass and a flame.

Since 1985, William “Bill” C. Merka has served as Texas A&M’s research instrumentation specialist in the university glass shop.  He designs and blows custom glassware for students, departments and other universities throughout the state. 

Born and raised in College Station, Merka spent much of his early life in and around A&M, specifically the university’s glass shop, which first opened in 1961.

“Well, we grew up in here,” Merka said. “When we were little kids we came in here and used to have a blast.”

During a typical day of work, Merka will see various students, professors and faculty of other departments to…

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