FRI. FEB 8, 2019
Sonoran Glass School’s 18th Annual Torchworking Competition
2019 Competition Theme: (Un)Natural World
VIP TICKETS $50
633 W 18th Street
*Proceeds benefit the nonprofit educational programs of Sonoran Glass School
Thanks to our sponsors!
Watch as 18 artists race against the clock to make the best molten glass masterpiece.
The evening features streaming HD closeups, Thunder Canyon Brewery 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)
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.
Second and third place winners will receive hundreds of dollars in valuable torchworking supplies and gift certificates from our sponsors. This year’s first place prize will be announced once details are finalized.
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.
Chris Moreno (Instragram @glyph_glass)
Joy Munshower (Instragram @joy_munshower)
Skyler Raiter (Instragram @firespiderglass)
Jonathan Russell (Instagram @jonny2mics)
Courtney Thompson (Instagram @delalunaglass)
Alexandria Young (Instagram @aryduck)
And more in review…
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.
Buy your General Admission or VIP ticket online at sonoranglass.org/flameoffticket or at the door starting at 6:30PM.
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.
Admission to the 18th annual Flame Off and Sonoran Glass Art Show tents
Admission plus preferred seating,
two drink tickets,
a VIP lanyard,
and access to the VIP lounge inside Sonoran Glass School.
BEER, WINE, & FOOD TRUCK ROUNDUP
Thunder Canyon Brewery is providing different brews to choose from, including its red ale and IPA.
Tucson’s Food Truck Roundup will be represented with several sweet and savory food trucks!
SONORAN GLASS ART SHOW
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 24 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.
BIDDING, FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY
YES! You can take home completed Flame Off pieces. If you wish to bid on any of the pieces during the event at the bidding table. Bidding will extend on our Facebook page’s Flame Off 2019 Bidding Album starting Saturday evening at 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 VIEWING & JUDGING
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.