Join Us at Our Winter Open House!
Come Create Come Shop
Your Holidays Start Here
Sunday, December 1, 10am-4pm, FREE
Handmade Gifts, Decor, Jewelry, Make-Your-Own Glass Art Activities
Glassblowing Demonstration at 2pm
Join Us for a Very Fiery Friday
November 29, 7pm at Sonoran Glass School
Paul Anders-Stout will be November's featured artist in the SGS “Fiery Fridays” series. He plans on blowing the largest creosote basket the shop will allow. These pieces explore color and texture while combining organic material with hot glass. They feature a mirrored metallic interior and an exterior that has been rolled through organic desert matter such as creosote and palo verde leaves. The result is a striking piece that has a direct and elemental connection to the place from which it comes.
Visiting Artist Workshops
Pushing the Boundaries with Enameled Copper Jewelry and Glass
Creating an Enamel and Glass Adjustable Ring
Instructor: Kathryn Guler
Lecture: Friday, December 6, 6-7:30pm, Free and Open to the Public
Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8, 10am-5pm
Learn to transform hand-made cabochons and enameled copper into one-of-a-kind, wearable art, adjustable rings. Students will make their cabochons on day one. Students will learn techniques in metal preparation and fabrication for enameling. More info...
Mastering Your Morton Skills
Instructor Jennifer Walkovich
Saturday, January 25, 10am-5pm
Come sharpen your glass cutting skills with the Morton Portable Glass Shop. For over 30 years, the Morton System has provided hobbyists and professional glass artists the ultimate tool for producing accurate and repetitive glass pieces. More info...
Traditional Sand Mandalas in Glass with Warren Norgaard
New Date - April 24-26, 9am-5pm
In this 3-day workshop, Warren Norgaard (founder of Facebook’s Fused Glass Fanatics) will show you how to use the ancient tools of Tibetan Monks to create your own personal mandala designs in glass, as well as other design ideas that work well with this unique technique. More info...
Impressive Images on Glass
Instructor Jennifer Walkovich
May 2-3, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 9am-5pm
Adding designs to the surface of your glass is easy with the Stamping on Glass and Fossil Vitra techniques. During this workshop students will learn how to apply graphic images onto glass using powdered enamels, stamping medium and rubber stamps. More info...
Smooth Tunes and Low Lights
"Fri-Date" Nights in the Hot Shop
December 13, 20 and 27
Scheduling between 5 and 9pm
Couples will spend 30 minutes with an experienced instructor designing and making their own glass ornaments out of molten (2000 degree F) glass. Participants get to pick colors, designs, melt and blow glass. Light refreshments, smooth tunes and low lights will all be served. 
Catalyzing Creative Aging
Sonoran Glass School (SGS), through a competitive process, was selected to participate in Catalyzing Creative Aging at the Conference for Community Arts Education in Austin, Texas. Catalyzing Creative Aging is a multi-phase initiative designed to support the creation and implementation of programs for older adults at nonprofit arts education organizations nationwide. 

"We want to provide the most beneficial, thoughtful, and appropriate programming to those we serve. Many of our constituents are post-career adults, some who have been lifelong artists and some who are engaging their creativity for the first time. We believe this training will provide the tools to assess the learning styles of older students and create programs that best align with their wants and needs," says Lynn Davis, SGS Executive Director.

Professionally-led arts education for older adults cultivates positive aging. Nonprofit arts education organizations, like SGS, are uniquely positioned to lead in providing inventive programming for an aging population.
Support Sonoran Glass School and have the chance to win a brand NEW 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit!
Tickets are $25 or 5 for $100. Second prize is two first-class, round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the world (some restrictions apply). Third prize is $5,000 in cash!

Purchase online or come by the school today to buy yours!
Student Artist of the Month:
Mary Figge

Q) How did you get started in glass?  
A) My first experience was glass blowing in Santa Fe. Then I was looking up art classes in Tucson and found the warm shop classes that I started in Jan 2018. After the first class, I was hooked.

Q) Why did you become interested in fused glass? 
A) I have done oil painting and had a ceramic painting/ glazing business for a bit. Glass was a new medium for me. I branched out of my comfort zone.

Q) What is your favorite part about working with glass? 
A) I have to say the people, Laurie, Virgil, and everyone at the studio- in addition to the people I’ve met in the classes are the best. Friendships made while learning a fun skill….it doesn’t get better than that. I love all the different techniques I’ve learned. I look forward to learning more! I’m proud of my projects. I’ve even sold some of them!!
Welcome New Board Members!
Hello, my name is Andrew (Dru) DeMato and I am honored to be joining the Board at Sonoran Glass School. My first experience blowing glass took place in Okinawa a couple of years ago. Moving to Tucson, I was thrilled to find a place that offers a wide spectrum of glass art instruction. I plan to use my background in education to facilitate connection and collaboration with schools in our community. Some artists I am currently following: Dave Livezey, Jackie Larson-Bread, Erika Parkin and Tim Kowalczyk. I hope to see you in one, or all, of the studios!
Marcia Lerner’s long career in communications has included graphic and editorial design creation, corporate branding, and advertising campaign development. After leading the Communications Department at New York University and art directing a range of special-interest magazines, she transitioned into the digital arena as a Digital Media Product Manager at RR Donnelley, where she spearheaded the creation of several alternative media solutions. Glass working is a long-ago activity that she is excited to revisit, and Corning Glass Works is one of her favorite places in the world.
Mike Peel , Southern Arizona Director for Local First Arizona: Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses. Mike has served on a variety of boards, including most recently the Tucson City of Gastronomy, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, and Tucson 2030 District. Peel is also a radio and community DJ with his wife Cassie for their business, Rarity Rock Radio.
Barbara E. Pritchard, PhD , is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Banner-University of Arizona Health Sciences Center where she teaches and supervises psychiatry residents on the theory and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Pritchard received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and her commitment to informing the community at large about mental health-related issues. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women in recognition for her efforts as a mental health professional and opera performer.
Featured November Class
Many more torchworking, kiln-fusing, and glassblowing classes are listed on our website.
Introduction to Borosilicate Glass – (Nov. 9, 16, 23)
Where to See Us...
Paul Anders-Stout, SGS Hot Shop Director has been invited to be the featured artist at Circle 6 “Hot Glass/Cold Beer”
December 6, 6-9pm
Circle 6, Squaw Peak Plaza , 2040 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix
Paul will be demonstrating and mingling with the Phoenix glassblowers. He plans on revisiting his “Mesa” series which draws its inspiration from desert landscapes and is made using a large mold built out of a trashcan.
The Community Foundation of Southern Arizona has Sonoran Glass School's art on display and available for purchase.

Sonoran Glass School will soon be offering weekly classes at Catalyst at the Tucson Mall. Learn more by clicking here.
Come See the G.O.A.T. ( Glassblowing On A Trailer)
Sunday, November 11, 9am-1pm
Sonoran Glass School, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, exists because of donations, public grants and private support. Our glass community is dedicated to fostering glass as an exciting
and thriving visual arts medium in Tucson. Proceeds from our classes, membership dues, gallery sales, and events support the education and advancement of glass art and glass artists in Southern Arizona.