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]

Barrio Vidrio | Oct. 1



ARTivity! | May 14


Saturday, May 14
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
at Tucson Museum of Art
140 N Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

A day of art activities and fun from three Tucson-based arts and educational organizations.

Children’s Museum Tucson, Sonoran Glass School, and Tucson Museum of Art host arts and crafts activities for all ages, including pool noodle robots, glass art magnets, mini-craft masterpieces and more. Puppetsamongus presents a puppet show at 11 a.m. Featuring free activities and others at an additional cost ($3-10).


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, 2016
$5 (kids 12 and under free)
633 W. 18th Street (map)
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

About the event

Celebrate the United States of America’s 240th birthday with BBQ, glass art demonstrations, make-your-own glass projects, “A” Mountain fireworks, and an educational talk on U.S. Glass. Entry is $5 with kids 12 and under admitted free.

  • Watch exciting glassblowing demos
  • Create glass art projects in our studios
  • Enjoy food from Brushfire BBQ
  • Grab a seat, BYOB, and watch the fireworks

Note: make your own activities, food, and beverages not included in admission.[More]

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


Lin McJunkin Lecture & Demo | April 7th

April 7, 2016
Thursday | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Public: $5-10 suggested donation
SGS Members: Free


Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Kim Edwards


Kim has been working with glass since 2003. While she has always loved all forms of art, from the first moment she worked with molten glass she was hooked. She loves the challenges inherent in the medium and that every time she turns on a torch she learns something new.

Kim is known for her glass chainmaille, which is created using borosilicate glass stringer. She is captivated by the idea that by shaping and joining the glass in a nontraditional fashion, a traditionally stable and fixed medium can be changed into one that is both flexible and fluid.

Flame Off Entry

“Mobius Knot”


Artist Gallery

Flame Off Competitor 2016: Josh Mazet


Josh Mazet has been working in art and art education for almost 20 years.  A BFA graduate of the University of Oregon he was the resident artist and instructed the wood fire pottery program. His ceramics skills and knowledge led him to a position in a production glass blowing shop. He has always felt that clay and glass are exciting mediums to work in, having similar properties, yet contrasting. He is responsible for initiating both of his brothers into glass and partnering with them to form the family glass business. Josh has developed his own line of glass and travels cross country teaching, attending glass events and creating custom pieces. He continues to work in ceramics whenever he can find the time.


Artist Gallery

Flame Off Competitor 2016: Eli Mazet


Award winning glass artist and teacher since 2000 – Eli Mazet is the author of “The Contemporary Shot Glass” a book that documents a new movement in the glass industry to bring back the hand crafted shot glass.







Artist Gallery


Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Floor Kaspers


Floor Kaspers is a Dutch artist who makes glass sculpture, beadwork and jewelry. A great source of inspiration for her work are color changes, like the changes of leaves in the fall, or water changing color when you dive deeper. Another source of inspiration are the history and the stories that beads are surrounded with. Her work is all handmade, often in very time consuming projects. Some of her bigger beadwork pieces contain hundreds of thousands of beads, while some glass sculptures are made with a thousand individually crafted glass pins.

Flame Off Entry

A sculpture made up of individually crafted glass pins, creating a landscape. Size will be, including a base, 10 by 10 inches, 3 inches high. No kiln space needed (the pins are small, and do not require annealing). The landscape will be set up as a ‘winding road’, and suit the Flame Off theme.


Artist Gallery

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Jake Finsaas


Working as an apprentice at Mazet Studios for over 5 years, Jake has developed his own style and become a competitive glass artist in his own right. He is one of over 40 artists featured in “The Contemporary Shot Glass” book.






Artist Gallery

Flame Off 2016 Competitor: Chris Drury


“Glass blower residing in Tucson az find me on Instagram under @shuhbuh.”








Artist Gallery

Sonoran Glass Art Show | Feb. 1 – 4

Brought to you by Doug Harroun, Sonoran Glass School, and World of Glass Productions, LLC


Visiting Artist Lecture: Sara Sally LaGrand | Oct. 22

October 22, 2015
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Members: Free
Gen. Public: $5 suggested donation

Join us for a talk this Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. from Visiting Artist Sara Sally LaGrand. The lecture will cover her artistic work and journey over the years and samples of LaGrand’s work.

Brief Bio
Sara Sally Lagrand

Sara Sally Lagrand

Sara Sally LaGrand, award winning artist and author, has had the great fortune to study glass with many gifted teachers both in America and Italy. She holds a BA in Glass Formation from Park University, Parkville, MO.

Honors include awards from Art Westport, Kansas City, State of the Arts, Prairie Village, KS, Bead Museum of Washington, DC, Bead and Button magazine, Images Art Gallary, and the Kansas City Artists Coalition.  She has taught flameworking all over the world including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, Unikal Glas in Switzerland, VeryClaire in Nice, France, Tuffnell Studio in Rudston, England and many private studios all over the US. She has been a presenter at the glass symposium at Sars-Poteries, France.
Her work has been published in many books and magazines including The Flow, Bead and Button, Glasperlen (Germany), and others.
Her work can be found in public and private collections around the world.

Barrio Vidrio | Oct. 3


Click-to-enlarge-mapLighter-Map-Barrio-VidrioOctober 3rd | Saturday | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Barrio Vidrio is a neighborhood celebration of the fall season and glass artistry in Tucson.

Barrio Collection, Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, and Sonoran Glass School invite you to explore three different glass studios and galleries throughout the day. 

Watch exciting demonstrations, browse for glass art, and even create your own masterpiece while taking a walking tour of what we call el barrio vidrio (Spanish for a glass neighborhood, district, or quarter).


10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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Make Your Own Glass Art at Sonoran Glass School. Try your hand at torchworking, kiln-firing, glassblowing in one of our three shops and make fall-themed projects–including the popular Make Your Own Pumpkin experience. The gallery will also be open for browsing and shopping. Projects range from $10-$85.

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Venue: BARRIO COLLECTION-Katja Fritzsche is famous for her sand casted glass shrines and will be demoing the process at her studio and gallery, Barrio Collection, down the street from SGS. The glass school’s new mobile hot shop, or G.O.A.T. (Glassworking on a trailer), will also be located here and used for demonstrations.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
DSC_0075 (1024x639)VENUE: PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIO-Tom Philabaum and friends will be providing advanced glassblowing demonstrations throughout the day. Look for demos from Paul Anders-Stout, Jason Marstall, and other talented local glassblowers. The Philabaum gallery will also be open for browsing and shopping along with a brand new exhibit, featuring the work of Leon Applebaum and Elodie Holmes.
DSC_0189 (1024x683)5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
VENUE: PHILABAUM GLASS GALLERY & STUDIOA reception of a brand new exhibit, Applebaum & Holmes, featuring new works from artists Leon Applebaum and Elodie Holmes will end the day. Enjoy light refreshments and mingle with other glass artists, collectors, and enthusiasts while browsing the work of these two renowned artists.


Learn more about Leon Applebaum and Elodie Holmes
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Leon Applebaum

Applebaum Work Example 3

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Elodie Holmes

Elodie Holmes

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Trading Places Fundraiser | Nov. 21

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st, 2015 | 633 W. 18th Street
VIP Meet the Artists Reception 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Fundraising Event 7:00- 9:30 p.m.
VIP Reception & Event:$125
Main Event Ticket: $50
Buy tickets


Flame Off 2016 | Feb. 5



Friday | February 5, 2016
633 W. 18th Street
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Tickets available at the door @ 6:30

Founded here in Tucson by Tom Philabaum, The Flame Off has grown into a highly anticipated flameworking event and highlight of the gem show. Renowned local and visiting glass artists compete against the clock in front of hundreds of spectators.

Catch the competition live on stage and throughout the SGS campus via big HD screens showing multiple live camera feeds.

Food trucks, music, and beer on tap (with ID) will also be on hand.

This is an all ages event. Ticket proceeds support nonprofit Sonoran Glass School and its educational programs.


You can buy tickets online or at the door. To pre-purchase your tickets online, and proceed straight to Will Call on the night of the event, visit Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Flame Off is a fundraiser for the 501 c(3) non-profit glass arts educational organization Sonoran Glass School and its programs.


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There will be two competition sessions with hosts commentating on the action.

Session I: 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

Session II: 9:00-10:30 p.m.

Theme: “What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been.”


Food Trucks: Haus of Brauts, Gigi’s Peruvian Fusion, Fire Engine Dogs, Crush Gourmet Raspados, Jackie’s Food Court.

The Flame Off is an official Tucson Food Truck Roundup this year. There will be wine and beer by Thunder Canyon Brewery served by licensed bartenders.

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This year’s MCs are Matt Bain (Know Ego Glass Art and Flame Off winner [2014], Micah Blatt (glass artist, former Flame Off winner [2013] and owner of Mr. Heads Art Gallery & Bar), and Bronwen Heilman (SGS Flame Shop Director, glass artist, and former Flame Off winner).

Hosts will commentate on the action throughout the session and you may bid on artists pieces as they’re being created.


The resulting glass art pieces are spontaneous creations which demonstrate the tremendous skill, under immense pressure, of the competing artists in the glass art medium. It really is like the “Iron Chef” of the torchworking world that offers attendees a chance to get an up-close and personal view of the action.

Final Flame Off pieces will be available for viewing at Sonoran Glass School from February 6th-February 10th.  Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (cascading bid closures  


BiddingAlbum_FlameOff2015If you wish to bid on any of the pieces during the event you can do so by getting the attention of one of our clipboard-carrying volunteers. Bidding will extend on our Facebook bidding album starting Saturday evening at 5 p.m.

Judges will decide the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners. Artists who place in these categories will each receive prizes from our Flame Off Sponsors, including glass art tools, supplies, and gift certificates.


SESSION I: 7:00 – 8:30PM
SESSION II: 9:00 – 10:30PM




These local, national, and international artists are to compete in one of two 90 min. sessions.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place receive prizes from Flame Off sponsors, including glass art tools, supplies, and gift certificates.
1st Place receives a brand new torch donated by Bethlehem Burners!
A people’s choice winner will be voted via the Sonoran Glass School Facebook page after the event.


Raven Copeland

Chris Drury

Chris Drury

Michael Durham

Michael Durham

Jake Finsaas

Jake Finsaas

Floor Kaspers

Floor Kaspers

Eli Mazet

Eli Mazet

Josh Mazet

Josh Mazet

Jeff Rutherford

Jeff Rutherford


John Ryszka II

Aaaron Abundance

Aaron Seigfried (Bare Glass)

Jack Morris

Jack Morris

Kim Edwards

Brian Jacobson

Chris Riley

Chris Riley

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Jonathan Russell

Nathan Fritz

Nathan Fritz

Tyler Bogardus

Tyler Bogardus



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Sponsored By

Proceeds benefit Sonoran Glass School and its Youth Development Program, an award-winning art program serving Tucson schools with little to no budget for art programs (Lumie Award, 2011. Tucson Pima Arts Council). Kids 12 and under are free.

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

Shake Your Glass March 2015 (70) (800x535)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?

  • Glass Game Show: Two teams of two answer glass and general trivia. Will you be picked?
  • Hot Shop Pressure Competition: “One Reheat Challenge” – Use your one reheat wisely glassblowers and try and make the most interesting piece.
  • Flame Shop Pressure Competition: “Build a Totem, Team Challenge.” – Up to four people on a team, collaborate on the spot to make the best totem in 60 minutes.

Beginner’s Only Time is a 30 minute time slot where newbies can try gathering and shaping glass alongside experienced instructors in the Hot Shop and Flame Shop.

May Raffle prizes including a Make Your Own experience for two and an item from our gallery.