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]

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.


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



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.
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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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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
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