Evan Mendelson, Interim Executive Director
Evan Mendelson has over 40 years of experience working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, including consulting and executive roles for local and national organizations, in small cities and large, and for mainstream and grassroots organizations. She has been trained as a professional Interim Executive Director and has a passion for the arts. Evan has held previous leadership positions at several arts organizations, including Board President of A Traveling Jewish Theatre in San Francisco and the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Amanda Marbut, Administrative Manager
Amanda Marbut has a Masters’ Degree in International Relations and left a career with the federal government to pursue the arts. Amanda started taking both fusing and hot shop classes at the Sonoran Glass School back in 2019. While new to the glass world, she loves exploring new methods.
Paul Anders-Stout, Director of Shops
Paul Anders-Stout 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 Bachelor 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 the Lead Instructor in our Hot Shop. 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.
Awards and distinctions include the Arizona Designer Craftsman Award for Art in Craft Media (2006); 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.
Priscilla Kar Yee Lo, Warm Shop Lead
As a child of a Chinese immigrant family in North America, Priscilla was perpetually reminded to be practical about her future. But after over a decade as a health care professional, she began to feel dissatisfied with the direction of her life. Priscilla turned to creative outlets to find a voice and to explore her identity as a woman of color. She was drawn to glass because it is inherently paradoxical, constantly in a state of fragility and permanency. She returned to school in 2015 to pursue a bachelor’s in Craft and Design from Sheridan College and completed her Master of Fine Arts at Illinois State University in 2022.
Priscilla uses glass and other mediums to create work as an act of remembrance of the collective intersectional adversity minority women continue to face. Her work highlights the astute way in which our inherent patriarchal society has affected the Asian female position within its structure and how it maintains control through cultural and social expectations and normalized gender roles.
Alexandra Scott, Hot Shop Instructor
Alexandra Scott started working with soft glass in 2012 as a student at Sonoran Glass School. Alexandra has just returned to Tucson from Denver where she spent three years working out of three different glass studios on her own work and assisting both transient and local artists on their endeavors, including public art installations. Her work is currently displayed at the Jacquard Hotel in Denver Colorado and at the Flux Gallery and Studio. Most of Alexandra’s work has been crafted for the home and bar, and she has made specialty cocktail-ware for hotels including the Dove Mountain Ritz Carlton.
Lauren C. Steinert, Hot Shop Instructor
Lauren C. Steinert received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science and Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin in printmaking and glass-working along with degrees in environmental science and German. She worked as the printmaking technician as well as the relief printmaking Instructor for the University of Arizona throughout her time as a graduate student. Lauren is currently the Printmaking Instructor for Pima Community College teaching relief, intaglio, and serigraphy. She is a Glassblowing Instructor/Assistant at the Sonoran Glass School and also works as an assistant for a local painter.
Lauren began blowing glass in 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and specializes in imagery through glass. She was a teaching assistant during her undergraduate years for beginning glass students. She has worked with many glass artists through programs such as Pilchuck, Stanwood, Washington–where she has run the Print Shop–to Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, Michigan. Her glass work focuses on vitreography, powder printing, and casting. Steinert’s art practice revolves around documenting and archiving the histories of the community work spaces she occupies.
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
- Marcia Lerner, President
- Jaime Gutierrez, Treasurer
- Gina Compitello
- Roberta Elliott
- Katja Fritzsche
- Alex Heveri
- Jessica Korf
ADVISORS TO THE BOARD
- Fritz Dreisbach
- Dave Klein, Co-Founder
- Tom Philabaum, Co-Founder