A Toast to Tom Philabaum | April 28

A TOAST TO TOM PHILABAUM
SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH, 2018
SONORAN GLASS SCHOOL

STUDIO DEMONSTRATIONS: 10AM-4PM
SCULPTURE GARDEN RECEPTION: 5-6PM
TOASTS TO TOM FROM GUEST SPEAKERS: 6-7PM
SOLD OUT: BUY TICKETS FOR DEMONSTRATIONS AND RECEPTION: $25
BUY DEMONSTRATIONS-ONLY TICKET: $10

Tom Philabaum and Dave Klein founded Sonoran Glass School, originally as the Sonoran Art Foundation Inc., in 2001.

ABOUT THE EVENT

This event recognizes Tom Philabaum’s contributions to glass artists and glass art education. Join us as we honor Tom Philabaum.

Proceeds will support a new Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship in Tom’s honor.

I am unable to attend but would like to make a gift to the Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship fund.

Tom Philabaum’s enthusiasm and guidance has sparked the creative journeys of many glass artists over the years.

Sonoran Glass School has selected a handful of these artists to provide educational glassblowing demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday April 28th in his honor.

As the evening sets in, join us for wine, hors d’oeuvres, and toasts to Tom from guest speakers.


DEMONSTRATIONS

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., enjoy exciting and educational glassblowing demonstrations from:

10:00 a.m. Michael Joplin | Graals
(A type of decorative glass developed by Orrefors of Sweden in 1916. The design is carved, engraved, or etched on a parison of colored glass, which is then reheated and cased in a thick layer of transparent glass of a different color, and inflated.)

ABOUT MICHAEL JOPLIN Michael began college in printmaking and soon discovered glass and its possibilities. Michael has studied with or interned for Dale Chihuly, Mark Peiser, Klaus Moje, Fritz Dreisbach, Jack Shmidt, Ann Wårff and Jack Shmidt. After several studios in Tucson, he has joined his wife in making unique glass items using the lost wax method to create public art as well as lighting and other decorative and functional items. 

11:30 a.m. Jason Marstall | Massiccio Figure Sculpture
(complex technique of “building” hot glass sculpture at the furnace, which is called a massiccio sculpting, or sculpting “in the mass.”)

ABOUT JASON MARSTALL Jason Marstall is the Lead Gaffer and Hot Shop Instructor at SGS and an Assistant and Gaffer at Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio. Born in Tucson, Jason  began blowing glass in 2003 through a cooperative program between SGS and the University of Arizona. Today, he continues to build his repertoire of advanced skills in all glass disciplines.  Some awards and distinctions include the Arizona Designer Craftsman Award for Art in Craft Media (2006) and a Corning Museum of Glass Artist in Residency Program where he assisted Laura Donefer and Jeff Mack. Jason’s perpetually evolving style is apparent in his diverse array of work, from studies in blown forms and figurative sculpture to fine Venetian goblets and large carved vessels. 

1:00 p.m. Paul Anders-Stout | Large Scale, Mold-Blown Murrine
(slices of a complex cane blown into a mold)

ABOUT PAUL ANDERS-STOUT Paul started working in glass in 1999 at Philabaum Glass Studio. Paul’s fascination with glass was immediate and intense. While working for Philabaum, Paul earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in sculpture from the University of Arizona, graduating in 2004. Paul did extensive traveling working in studios from Wisconsin to Australia. Paul ran his own studio for five years and has been Hot Shop Director of the Sonoran Glass School since 2014. His work can be found in private collections from Berlin to New York and Tucson to Seattle.

2:30 p.m. Doug Frates | “Whales”

ABOUT DOUG FRATES After leaving his hometown of St. Louis and enlisting in the Unites States Marine Corps, Doug served in Iraq in 2003. When his tour of duty ended, his search for a civilian career began. A glassblowing class at Sonoran Glass School in his newly-adopted hometown of Tucson, AZ set him on his path to becoming an internationally-recognized glass artist.

Doug was captivated with the artistry and creativity of working with glass, and his natural ability quickly garnered him a coveted spot learning his craft from a true American master. His first mentor was Fritz Dreisbach, who along with Dale Chihuly, is considered one of the founders of the American Art Studio Glass Movement. Doug also studied with Tom Philabaum — one of the country’s preeminent glass artists who founded the Sonoran Glass Institute — honing his craft by producing Philbaum’s lines of paperweights and ornaments for three years.


THE EVENING

At 5:00 p.m., Sonoran Glass School will open its studios and sculpture garden for a reception for Tom Philabaum. Mingle and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres with other glass artists and enthusiasts. Food is included with ticket and a cash bar will be onsite.

At 6:00 p.m., speakers will make their Toasts to Tom followed by an opportunity for audience members to make a toast. Speakers include Paul Anders-Stout, Doug Frates, Dave Klein, and Deborah May.


BUY TICKETS

Your ticket includes admission to all glassblowing demonstrations and the evening reception honoring Tom Philabaum. Proceeds support the Tom Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship to remove financial barriers to glass art education for students in need.