Lee Babbitt discovered glassblowing as an art student at Alfred University, graduating with a B.F.A., with concentrations in glass and neon. He primarily works in the Make Your Own Glass workshop at The Studio, and continues to perfect his craft.
Neon is an inert gas that, like some other gases, has the properties of high electrical conductivity and strong light-emissive power. Such gases can be introduced into evacuated glass tubes. Under these conditions, an electrical discharge causes the gas to emit light. Different gases emit different colors; for example, neon emits red, and xenon emits blue. Regardless of the gases employed, lighting of this type is known as neon lighting.