Shake Your Glass — May 29

May 29, 2015 Friday, 7 – 11 p.m. Ages 21+ BYOB $10 cover (includes raffle ticket/studio use) 633 W 18th Street Get together and enjoy impromptu glassblowing, torchworking, cold beer (BYOB) and live music. We invite you to come celebrate a love of glass art and creativity with us. General public welcome. What’s new for this Shake Your Glass? […]

May Day: A Glass Spectacular – May 1 (original)

  Friday May 1, 2015 7:00 – 11:00 pm Presale Tickets: $10 Tickets: $15 An Evening of Glass Performance Art & May Day Celebrations SGS is proud to introduce a brand new event, featuring reinterpretations of international May Day traditions using glassblowing as a theatrical medium. Sonoran Glass School’s May Day: A Glass Spectacular brings Tucsonans […]

Make Your Own Springtime Egg

Available Thru April 30th Call 520-884-7814 to Schedule $45 ea. Take a seat on a Hot Shop bench and Make Your Own Springtime Egg out of glass! You’ll start by choosing the colors for your egg and then work with our glassblowers to pick out a design. Once that’s done you’ll expand the glass by blowing air through the […]

Henry Halem-March 7

Saturday March 7, 2015 Collaboration: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Demonstration: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. SGS Members: Free Public: $10 suggested donation Glass Legend Henry Halem in an Open Studio Collaboration with the SGS Hot Shop Crew Generations collide on March 7th as American Studio Movement pioneer Henry Halem directs our glassblowing staff on a […]

Visiting Artist Joshua DeWall: Lecture & Demo — Jan. 30

Friday, January 30th, 2014 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sonoran Glass School Members: Free General Public: Suggested Donation of $5 Presentation: 6:00-6:30 p.m. Demonstration: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Reception: 7:30-8:00 p.m. Josh DeWall from the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio will be joining us in Tucson, Arizona for a lecture, demonstration, and reception on January 30th at Sonoran Glass School, the night before his […]

Flame Off 2015 — February 6

Flame Off 2016 takes place February 5th.   About last year’s Flame Off AND THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD GOES TO RAVEN COPELAND At Sonoran Glass School Friday February 6th, 2015 633 W. 18th Street 7:00-11:00 p.m. $15 Founded here in Tucson by Tom Philabaum, The Flame Off has grown into a highly anticipated flameworking event […]

Visiting Artist JC Herrell: Lecture & Reception – Feb. 8

Sunday, February 8th, 2014 6:00-7:00 p.m. Sonoran Glass School Members: Free General Public: Suggested Donation of $5 Presentation: 6:00-6:30 p.m. Reception: 6:30-7:00 p.m. Join us for a presentation with torchworking artist JC Herrell followed by a meet-and-greet with beverages and light snacks with the artist and SGS staff. JC’s talk will cover the timeline of […]

Veda Bickley

Bio Veda is a self-taught artist who was drawn to the medium at the age of 23. Her glass takes on whimsical, fluid, and sensual styles. She is constant in her devotion to improving technique and artistic curiosity. Flame Off Entry Sculpture no larger the 6′”x6″x6″. I would like to have access to a garage […]

Steve Tillman

Bio I have been blowing glass for ten years. I feel extremely grateful to get to create glass art for a living. I like to incorporate natural minerals, crystals and tektites as well fine metals with glass to make unique treasures. My work is heavily influenced by space and underwater creatures. Flame Off Entry An […]

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Raven Copeland

Bio “I am a full-time traveling glass crafter, vending at renaissance festivals around the country. Having worked with glass for 16 years, I feel like I’ve finally gained a little bit of control as I can now actually create what I’ve envisioned all these years. Last year was my first Flame Off ever, and winning […]

Flame Off 2015 Competitor: Phillip Bickley

Bio As an autodidact, Phil has spent his time since 1996 exploring as many aspects of being a borosilicate flameworker as possible. From his humble beginning as a one-man operation in Jeff Roger’s studio, he progressed to teaching hundreds of beginning flameworkers and running a small pendant production facility in Bulgaria. Now, Phil is helping […]

Flame Off Competitor: Paul Kowan

Bio After dabbling in drawing, sculpture, mold making, and resin casting, i’ve settled for now on working with borosilicate glass. Flame Off Entry I will plan on making an alien in a flying saucer. 10″x 10″ approximate size, need one side of large guillotine style door kiln. prep will include saucer parts, any cane or […]

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Michael (Durham) Humphreys

Bio “I’m an 11 year veteran of glass art and use the Native American style and flare to express my inner spiritual path. I am part Native American and feel we can bring back the heritage and cultural through the love of glass and art. I love to teach people about glass and the culture behind it.”   […]

Flame Off 2015 Competitor: Lewis Wilson

Bio Lamp worked over 42 years. Hundreds of students. Too many to count. King. President. President. Bo Diddly. Yadda Yadda Yadda. I work glass well. Mostly- I give great demo. Flame Off Entry Icarus- Son of Daedalus. He flew too close to the sun with wings made of feathers and wax. One foot tall. Will […]

Flame Off 2015 Competitor: Josh DeWall

Bio Josh was born and raised in Galena, Illinois. What started out as an attraction and fascination with the medium of glass at a young age became a lifelong commitment to glass artistry for Josh directly after graduating high school. He received a BFA from Southern Illinois University and is a MFA candidate from The […]

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Jonathan Russell

Bio Started blowing glass in 2002 set out to venture in the sculpting which evolved into stringer drawing now I do fashion and sculpting for men and women’s clothes. 3rd Place Winner of Flame Off 2015 Flame Off Entry 7×5 glass portrait and glass stand. Website Photos   <img class=”aligncenter wp-image-17347 size-full” src=”” […]

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: John Ryszka II

Bio John has been a full time glass worker since 2003.  He first worked in the sign industry bending glass and making neon signs. In 2010 John quit his neon job and started his own art glass business titled Glass Phoenix. His work can now be found in galleries and stores all across the country. […]

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Jeff Rutherford

Bio “I have been working with glass 8 years. Mostly Jewelry. Military Vet. ” From 33rd Boro Platoon Page: Jeff Rutherford is a Marine, a Veteran of the Iraq War, and glass artist. He’s the founder of the 33rd Boro Platoon Program. He discovered torchworking through a SGS program with Pima Community College after returning from […]

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Jack Morris (Upgrade Glass)

Bio Borosilicate flameworker out of Tucson, AZ, blending a unique style of modern sculpting and classical shaping techniques. “My name is Jack Morris I am 22 years old. I have been flameworking since 2012. I started in Berkeley, California and continued in Tucson. I went to the University of Arizona, where I continued my study […]

Flame Off 2015 Competitor: Ely Andrew Miller

Bio Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Glass artist for over 5 years. Majority of glass is functional pipes, I also make pendants, perfume bottles, and anything someone wants to challenge me with. I’m strickly a borosilicate lampworker. Interested in venturing to the hot shop. But never have time. I do a lot of different […]

Flame Off 2015 Competitor: Dan Fitzgerald

Bio Independent glass artist since 2003. Flame Off Entry I will create an assembly of seven separate glass stars, representing the Pleiades. I am going to bring a complete set. At the Flame-off I will create an eighth star. This star will replace one of the seven. In case something goes wrong, I want a […]

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Chris Riley

Bio I’ve always had a natural affinity to create. It began with building blocks, then went on to drawings, paintings, and when I was in high school I got a chance to begin work with ceramics. Once I began sculpting three dimensionally, I was compelled by the tangibility of the objects as they could be […]

Flame Off 2015 Competitor: Brodee Lee

Bio Started long glass in Hawaii in 1999 learned how to make seascapes.moved to San Francisco in 2006 studied I Revere Glass school for the first year and a half of its inception and have taken lots of workshops. Flame Off Entry My entry will be dealing with the nature of balance. Website  

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Aaron Siegfried (BARE Glass)

Bio “I started blowing glass professionally in Tucson, AZ after spending a few years playing around on a major minor torch in Northern Cali and Maui. I invested in my GTT Phantom and Paragon kiln in 2007. I enjoy making nature-themed glass art wearables and vessels. I love working with glass and playing around behind […]

Flame Off 2015 Competitor: Alex Williamson

Bio Glass Artist since 2010, originally made pendants and shot glass wine glasses during first year. Then moved into blown hollow forms. Has been working with boro for five years. Flame Off Entry I will be assembling a southwestern tribal style tea set including two tea cups, two tea plates, and a teapot.  

Celebrity Bartending // Dec. 4

December 4 4-6 p.m. At Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails 135 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701 ALL gratuities support Sonoran Glass School! Prominent glass artists and advocates Michael Joplin (brother of musician Janis Joplin), Nan Charif and John-Peter Wilhite are bartending during Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on December 4, 2014 at DOWNTOWN […]

Torchworking: Make Your Own Icicle Ornament

November – December Icicle: $30 Sml. Candy Cane: $30 Lrg. Candy Cane: $40 By Appointment Call 520-884-7814 Use the ancient technique of torchworking to create an icicle ornament made of glass in our torchworking studio, the Flame Shop. You’ll be using borosilicate rods to create your icicle and choosing up to two colors to incorporate […]

Make Your Own Holiday Ornament

$45 each By Appointment Call 520-884-7814 Make Your Own Holiday Ornament Experiences are fun introductions to furnace glassblowing. In the SGS Hot Shop you’ll choose the colors and textures for your ornament and then help create it alongside a SGS instructor in our glassblowing studio. -10% discount for groups of ten or more. -Make a second ornament in […]