Lynn Davis, Executive Director
Lynn Davis holds degrees in Political Science and French Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She brings more than 16 years of nonprofit administration and fine arts management experience to her position, most recently as Director of Arts & Culture for the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Lynn looks forward to building upon SGS’s reputation as a center for arts and arts education and helping create a platform for emerging and professional artists.
Brigette Villaseñor, Office Manager
Brigette joined Sonoran Glass School in May 2019. She is a native Tucsonan and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors degree in Gender and Women’s Studies. Brigette previously worked at the Center for Creative Photography at the U of A as part of their marketing team. She brings a love of the arts to her position at Sonoran Glass School.
Bronwen Heilman, Flame Shop Director
Since 1996, Bronwen has been working with glass and is an accomplished glass artist. Her knowledge of flame-working is extensive and thorough and an innovator of style and techniques. Bronwen is exactly what the flame shop needs and we are very excited to include her as part of our family. “I look forward to building on the schools successes and to work with the amazing Flame Shop instructors to enhance and expand the sense of community in the flame shop and across all disciplines of art glass.” –Heilman
Nan Charif, Flame Shop Instructor
Nan’s been a serious glass artist for nine years but became obsessed with glass art after her very first lesson. She started collecting beads and stringing them together 30 years ago, and her desire to create her own intricate beads drew her to making glass beads at a torch. She’s studied under the likes of Margaret Zinser, Bronwen Heilman, and Bandu Dunhum. Nan is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and her work’s been published in glass art publications like Lammaga in Japan and the Flow Glass Art Quarterly here in the states.
Chris Moreno, Flame Shop Instructor
Chris is a life-long multimedia artist with a Bachelor’s degree in Animation with a focus on maquette sculpture. Animation plays a huge role in his glass art as he draws inspiration from the cartoon world as well as classical art. On the torch since 2015, Chris is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is capable in glass. Chris, a.k.a. Glyph Glass gained notoriety by producing his signature Ganesh pendants, detailed jars and 3d sculpted pendants in a wide variety of forms. Chris was also the Sonoran Glass School’s Annual Flame-Off 2018 2nd Place Finalist for his piece entitled “Cactus Cove”.
Paul Anders-Stout, Hot Shop Director
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.
Jason Marstall, Head Hot Shop Instructor/Lead Gaffer
Jason Marstall is a 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); An assistant to Laura Donefer and Jeff Mack for the Corning Museum of Glass Artist in Residency Program and 3rd Place in the 2013 Tucson Glass Festival. 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. His quest for knowledge and technique in glass is an endless endeavor, and his work is often done in series in order to fully investigate, develop, experiment with a particular technique.
Alexandria Young, Hot Shop Instructor
Alex has been drawing, painting and sculpting since she was a small child. Alex committed full-time to an artistic career after studying science and engineering at the University of Arizona. Her first class in glassmaking was at the Sonoran Glass School in January of 2015. Since then, she has explored every area of glass art with enthusiasm. Alex’s artistic range also includes metalworking, blacksmithing and bronze sculpture. She has her own flameworking and art studio just a stone’s throw from a burger and beer at Barrio Brewery.
Virgil Jones, Warm Shop Manager
Virgil grew up surrounded by the arts, originally studying dance and ice skating until his mid-teens. He found he was fascinated with the visual arts when he discovered glass as an artistic medium in 2014. Virgil first began glass fusing at Soverow Glass in Birmingham, Alabama. Since moving back to Tucson in the fall of 2014, Virgil began studying glassblowing at Sonoran Glass School. Over the years, Virgil has taught and assisted in a variety of classes focused in glassblowing, torch working, and kiln fusing. At the start of 2018, Virgil moved his focus from glassblowing back to fusing and is now the studio manager for the fusing studio at Sonoran Glass School.
Dave Klein, Co-Founder
Dave is a glass artist who developed many of the original SGS programs and studios. He received a BA in Education in 1991 and has worked internationally in glass. He continues to work with SGS striving to further enhance educational programs and applications for glass in art, science, and technology.
Tom Philabaum, Co-Founder
In 1973, Tom received an MA from University of Wisconsin where he studied glass with Harvey Littleton. Once he moved to Tucson, Tom started a glass studio in 1975, earned his MFA from UA in 1983, and helped orchestrate the first Glass Art Society (GAS) conference in Tucson that same year. He was co-chair for the 1997 Tucson GAS conference and received the AZ Artist of the Year award in 1998. In 2000, Tom and Dave Klein co-founded the Sonoran Art Foundation (now SGS). He has served on the Board of GAS, American Craft Council, Tucson Visiting Artists Consortium, and SGS.
Board of Directors
David Pashkow, President
Gary Gethmann, Treasurer
Margaret Zinser, Secretary
Andrew (Dru) DeMato
Mary Ellen Walker
Advisors to the Board
Dave Klein, Co-Founder
Tom Philabaum, Co-Founder