ARTivity! | August 5



Saturday, August 5
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
at Sonoran Glass School
633 W 18th Street | Tucson, AZ 85701

A day of art activities and fun from three Tucson organizations.


Freddy Faerron Lecture | April 27

My Travels and How I Found the Fumed Rainbow
April 27, 2017 | 6-7:30 PM
Free for SGS Members
$10 donation for general public


Mark Hufford Lecture | March 9

March 9, 2017 | 6:oo-7:00 PM
Free for SGS Members
$10 donation for general public


Joshua Wojick Lecture & Demonstration | March 2nd

March 2, 2017 | 6:oo-7:30 PM
$10 donation for general public
Free for SGS Members

Join us in welcoming Visiting Artist Joshua Wojick for a lecture on his work and a discussion of his art in this presentation by the artist. A glassblowing demonstration with the SGS Hot Shop Team will also be featured during the evening.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Joshua has worked with glass since 1998 and received his B.F.A from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. He is currently the studio manager at The Henry Ford Museum, creating early American historical reproductions. In addition, he works as an Adjunct Faculty member teaching glassblowing at the College for Creative Studies.
His work is based in traditional Murano style furnace methods—a dichotomy of technique-driven craft and mixed media sculpture which include both man-made and natural materials. He has worked and exhibited with some of the top artists in various studios and galleries throughout the country.

Pumpkin Fiesta // October 7-8

CALL TO ARTISTS! If you would like to submit glass art work for this event and the Opening Reception on Friday, Oct. 6th, follow the directions in the Call to Artist Form.

October 7-8, 2017
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Celebrate fall and support glass arts education at the Pumpkin Fiesta, an annual October event featuring hundreds of handmade glassblown pumpkins on display, live furnace glassblowing, and Make Your Own activities…all in support of Sonoran Glass School.

  • Browse colorful glass pumpkins, gourds, acorns, and other fall-themed glass art of all styles and prices on display throughout our gallery and sculpture garden.
  • Watch glassblowing artists create pumpkins live in our Hot Shop and tour our studios.
  • Create a glass pumpkin alongside a professional through a Make Your Own Pumpkin Experience for $85
    (a popular activity that takes about 30 minutes offered on a first come, first served basis
    …so come earlier if you want to create a unique pumpkin).

Admission is free and all proceeds from pumpkin sales and experiences support the 501(c) 3 non-profit Sonoran Glass School and it’s mission and community programs.

The event also features a fall arts-and-crafts table for younger kids, cookies, beverages, and more.

All proceeds from pumpkin patch sales and experiences benefit the non-profit 501(c)3 Sonoran Glass School, and its educational programs. Sonoran Glass School is located at 633 w. 18th St near the Historic Barrio Viejo in Tucson, Arizona. (view map)


Flame Off 2017 Results


Flame Off 2017 Results

First Place: Raven Copeland

Second Place: James Lynch

Third Place: Matt Bain

Fourth Place: Floor Kaspers

View all finished pieces on Sonoran Glass School’s Facebook page.[More]

Arizona Daily Star, Caliente January 26, 2017

Flame Off 2017 Sponsor Page

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Please support the generous sponsors of the 16th annual Flame Off competition!


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John Kobuki Lecture & Reception: Technique Vs. Design | January 7

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6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Free courtesy of AACG

Join us for a lecture and new display reception for John Kobuki. John will be discussing his thoughts on the difference between technique and design while showing a slideshow of his own work.

Light refreshments will be provided.


This lecture and reception is brought to you with support from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.



Members Night Out @ Pasco | Jan. 11


Fused Glass Menorah Direct

Stephen Boehme Lecture: Franchini Style Murrini | Nov. 4

November 4th, 2016
Free for SGS Members
$10 donation for general public

Join us for a talk from Stephen Boehme on the Franchini style/technique of murrini making as he explains his process with visual aids on an HD screen. Boehme is joining us here at Sonoran Glass School from Riverton, Utah to teach a Visting Artist Workshop on November 5th and 6th.

This lecture is free for SGS members and a $10 donation for the general public.

Some of Boehme’s work will be on display with select pieces available for purchase in the gallery during this time.

“Most of my artwork is inspired by the textures, history, and diverse landscape found throughout my home state. My interests be it fishing or fossil hunting are all reflected in the texture of my Work. I find it hard to separate one from the other. I teach ceramics, sculpture, and silversmithing at a wonderful High school during school year. And I create art during the summer months and in the evenings. My motto is make something every day no matter how small. Right now I am probably in my studio at the torch making murrini. I have become infected with the glass bug. And yes it is contagious. Sitting behind a torch and melting glass rods is highly addicting.” – Stephen Boehme

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Pins for Pals | Aug. 20


Join us at Fiesta Lanes to enjoy time with friends, family, and coworkers
while beating the heat and supporting a great cause.

Pins for pals is an event hosted by Men’s Active 20-30 Club of Tucson where 90% of the proceeds support Sonoran Glass School programming and the SGS Youth Education Program. Sign up as an individual bowler for $35 or a team of four for $125 and bowl for glass art education. These tickets include 3 hours of bowling, shoes, and the chance to win fun prizes!

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Hot Shop Opening Day! | Sept. 10

The Hot Shop is back after a summer break.
Now, we want you to get back in the studio!

Saturday, September 10th
Studio time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Glassblowing Lecture & Demo: 5:00 PM
SGS History Video: 6:00 PM

This is a Saturday event featuring specially discounted studio rates during the day and a lec-mo in the evening. Members receive 50% off the normal rental rate from 8 AM – 4PM and free admission to the evening lecture and demo. [More]

Patty Lakinsmith Lecture | Nov 18


So You Learned to Melt Glass – Now What?
10 Ways to Grow as a Flameworker
November 18th, 2017
Saturday | 6-7:30 PM
Free for SGS Members
$10 donation for general public


Barrio Vidrio | Oct. 1



Winter Open House | Dec. 4

Sonoran Glass School
633 W. 18th Street
Sunday, Dec. 4th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


ASGS Art Auction, benefiting Sonoran Glass School | May 19

Thursday, May 19 at 6 PM – 9:30 PM
Westward Look Resort & Spa
245 E Ina Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85704

Each year the American Scientific Glassblowers Society picks a local charity or nonprofit to give back to the community in which it holds its annual symposium. This year the society is holding an art auction in honor of Sonoran Glass School on Thursday May 19, with proceeds benefiting SGS programs.

  • Mingle with scientific glassblowers and glass art enthusiasts
  • Browse pieces made by glass artists, including many from SGS staff and students.
  • Enjoy artistic demos from Robert Simons and others from 6-8 p.m.
  • A silent and live auction of glass and other art pieces takes place from 8-9:30 p.m.
  • This event is open to the public and a cash bar will be on site.

Fourth of July Party

Monday, July 4th
$5 (kids 12 and under free)
633 W. 18th Street (map)
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Henry Halem Lecture | March 21


Monday | March 21, 2016 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Public: $5-10 suggested donation
SGS Members: Free

American Studio Glass Movement Pioneer Henry Halem presents a lecture on glass chemistry