And the winners are…




View and bid on all 2019 final Flame Off pieces on our Facebook album.


Click to see photos of the event.


Proceeds support the nonprofit Sonoran Glass School.

Thank you for supporting glass art education in Southern Arizona!


FRI. FEB 8, 2019

Sonoran Glass School’s 18th Annual Torchworking Competition
2019 Competition Theme: (Un)Natural World

633 W 18th Street
*Proceeds benefit the nonprofit educational programs of Sonoran Glass School

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters!





Detail of “Dragon’s Blood” by James Lynch | 1st Place Flame Off 2018

Watch as 18 artists race against the clock to make the best molten glass masterpiece.

The evening features streaming HD closeups, Thunder Canyon Brewstillery beer, wine, live auctions, raffle prizes, food trucks, and a fiery competition. Your hosts explain the process as the time ticks down. It’s like the “Iron Chef” of glass art competitions!

Originally founded in Tucson by glass artist and Sonoran Glass School co-founder Tom Philabaum in 2001, the Flame Off is now in its 18th incarnation. The 2019 theme is “(Un)Natural World.”

Will Call tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit the nonprofit Sonoran Glass School and its glass art educational programming, including subsidized community programs for underserved youth, veterans, and people with special needs. VIP tickets are $50 and include special seating and other perks. Learn more in the “Tickets” section below.

Yes! You can bid on Flame Off pieces during and after the event. Learn more below.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: The Arizona Daily Star has called the Flame Off a “Top Ten Must See Event of the Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show” and Zocalo calls it “one of Tucson’s hottest gatherings.”

(Arizona Daily Star “Fire Play” January 24, 2013)
(“Zocalo, “Flame-Off Fuels Art Education For Local Youth” January 27, 2014)


Prepay, skip the line and have a good time.

Buy your General Admission or VIP ticket online at at the door starting at 6:30PM.

Online ticket purchasers can proceed directly to Will Call. Just bring your printed receipt or ID with you.

General admission is $20 and VIP tickets are $50. All proceeds benefit the 501(c) 3 nonprofit Sonoran Glass School and it’s educational programs.

General Tickets-$20
Admission to the 18th annual Flame Off and Sonoran Glass Art Show tents

VIP Tickets-$50
Admission plus preferred, center seating,
two drink tickets ($10 value),
a VIP lanyard, and access to the VIP lounge inside Sonoran Glass School. 


Flame Off 2016 (35) (800x533)
HD Screens show live closeups of the action

Heat 1: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Heat 2: 9:00-10:30 p.m.

Every year, Sonoran Glass School chooses the 18 competing artists. Artists will participate in one of two competition sets (7PM or 9PM) and will have 90 minutes to complete their entry piece.

There will be up to nine artists competing at a time.

In addition to awesome prizes from all our sponsors, first through third place winners will receive torches from GTT (Glass Torch Technologies).

Thank you Glass Torch Technologies, Inc.!

HEAT 1 | 7:00-8:30PM HEAT 2 | 9:00-11:00PM
Skyler Blood-Raiter Michael Dickinson
Kim Edwards Andrew D’Silva
Elaine Forbes Maureen Henriques
Brian Jacobson James Lynch
Floor Kaspers Chris Moreno
Jack Morris Stoney Chicken
Jonathan Russell Courtney Thompson
Alex G Williamson Chris Valdez
Alexandria Young Eric D’Adamo

1st Place: GTT Kuboki W/ Air Manifold
2nd Place: GTT Custom Snub Nose Mirage with a Cheetah CF
3rd Place: GTT Sidewinder W/Lynx 4 stud

All competitors have agreed to donate their finished pieces to Sonoran Glass School to be bid on by attendees and the general public. Proceeds support the nonprofit Sonoran Glass School and its educational programming.

Winners will be announced on the Sonoran Glass Facebook page and posted to the Flame Off 2019 event page on Saturday, February 9th, 2019.


Eighteen artists on torches, and under pressure
Michael Dickinson (Instagram @dickinsonglass)
Andrew D’Silva
Eric D’Adamo (Instagram @erkdejerk)
Kim Edwards (Instagram @kimedwardsglass)
Elaine Forbes (Instagram @weelainyglass)
Maureen Henriques (Instragram @pumpkinhillbeads)
Brian Jacobson (
Floor Kaspers (Instagram @floorkaspers)
Brodie Lee (Instragram  @Leebrodee)
James Lynch (Instagram @hicdogg)
Chris Moreno (Instragram @glyph_glass)
Jack Morris (Instagram @upgradeglass)
Skyler Blood-Raiter (Instragram @firespiderglass)
Jonathan Russell (Instagram @jonny2mics)
Stoney Chicken (Instagram @stoneychicken)
Courtney Thompson (Instagram @delalunaglass)
Chris Valdez (Instagram @skoeetglass)
Alex G Williamson (Instagram @alexg_glass)
Alexandria Young (Instagram @aryduck)


Experience the Flame Off in person

Join the crowd and watch as flameworkers go torch-to-torch! Grab a seat in the bleachers and watch the competition right in front of you and on HD screens streaming live close ups.

Your glass artist hosts will provide entertaining and educational commentary on the progress of the artists, their pieces, and the competition.

Enjoy beer, wine, and a food truck roundup. Explore the beautiful work of glass artists from around the nation at the Sonoran Glass Art Show tent during intermission and throughout the evening!

ID is required to purchase alcoholic beverages.
This is an all ages event.


Grab a brew and a bite!

Thunder Canyon Brewstillery is providing different brews to choose from, including its red ale and IPA.

This event is an official Tucson Food Truck Roundup!

Experience fresh flavors from several sweet and savory food trucks!



Every 15 minutes or so we will be raffling off exciting items and experiences for you to enjoy around town. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Proceeds support nonprofit glass art education!

There are LOTS of prizes this year, with a combined value of over $1,200, so the chances of winning are way up! Enjoy gifts like free tickets to the orchestra, theatre, local attractions and even upscale hair styling from these partners:

Arizona History Museum, Fox Theatre, Old Tucson Studios, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, UA Arizona State Museum, UA Biosphere 2, Reid Park Zoo, Children’s Museum Tucson, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Humane Society, Literacy Connects, Tucson Museum of Art, Amerind Museum, Rialto Theater, Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Arizona Theatre Company, Salon Salon, UA Musuem of Art.


The Sonoran Glass Art Show is Tucson’s only all glass vendor showcase during the Gem, Mineral and Fossil show. And it will be OPEN for business during the Flame Off. Take a break from the competition and browse the crafts of over a dozen local, national, and international glass artists.

Special thanks to Doug Harroun and his World of Glass Productions, LLC for being a partner and major sponsor for the Sonoran Glass Art Show, now in its fourth year.


YES! You can take home completed Flame Off pieces. If you wish to bid on any of the pieces during the event visit the bidding table. Bidding will extend on our Facebook page’s Flame Off 2019 Bidding Album starting Saturday evening by 5 p.m. To bid all you have to do is leave your bid in the comments. Winners will also be announced in this album. 



Final Flame Off pieces will be available for viewing and further bidding in the Sonoran Glass Art Show tent on Saturday, February 9th and then at Sonoran Glass School Monday through Friday from February 11th-February 15th. Saturday viewing hours are 12PM-5PM. Monday through Friday’s are from 9AM to 5PM.

Sonoran Glass School has chosen a group of judges who are glass artists, non-glass artists, and community members. Each judge scores pieces according to a several categories related to concept, skill, execution, overall design, and others. Judges come in to view and judge the final annealed pieces on Saturday morning.