Youth and Senior Programming Returns to SGS!
Generous Donor Sponsors SGS Youth Programming at Prince Elementary
It was great to be back in the classroom this past month at Prince Elementary! SGS staff and volunteers worked to teach three classes of 3rd Graders how fusing works. Sixty-two students created one-of-a-kind plates that they will receive before the end of the school year. The students loved the opportunity to learn about a new art form that they would have not been exposed to otherwise. Thanks to the Kitay Family for making this opportunity possible and bringing glass education to the classroom.
Creative Aging Program Returns
Our students know that you are never too old to learn a new art form. Thanks to the Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Sonoran Glass School has been able to bring glass fusing to Fountains at La Cholla and Hacienda at the Canyon. At the Fountains, staff and volunteers taught students how to make fused glass plates. At Hacienda at the Canyon, staff led a multiweek program helping students express themselves through glass by creating storytelling sun catchers, contrasting coasters, portrait plates, landscape platers, a field trip to the SGS Hot Shop to see glass blowing in action, and there is still more to come!
If you would like to sponsor a glass art activity for a local classroom, senior community, or other organization, please e-mail Dennis Treadwell, Director of Development at or call 520-884-7814
Art Around Tucson
Personal Belongings
A Solo Show by Marica Whittmore
Where: Tiny Town Gallery
408 N. 4th Ave.
When: May, 2022
Sun-Thurs 12pm - 6pm
Fri & Sat 12pm - 8 pm

Personal Belongings is a series of comic illustrations, textile pieces, and paintings that span 2020 to present. They explore the artist’s life experiences with mental illness, aging, and being alive. Inspired by a recent surgery where she received a bag to place her personal belongings, Marica explores the thoughts, traumas, and aspirations we often carry around with us everyday.

Marica Whittemore is an artist and dog enthusiast living in Tucson, Arizona. An art educator and multimedia artist, she loves looking at the world with the creative eye (or two!). Her recent works depict snarky yet humorous observations about life, people, and the weird things going on in her brain. When she isn’t making art, you’ll find her biking along the Loop, baking, watching terrible reality TV shows, and woodworking.
Upcoming Classes at SGS
Furnace Glassblowing I (ART 265) – Fall 2022
Dates: Sept. 5, 2022 – Nov. 30, 2022
Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Times: 1pm - 5pm 

Description: Furnace Glassblowing I is a three month intensive course that covers the basic principles of glassblowing. Students gain knowledge working with molten glass along with cutting and grinding cold glass.
Furnace Glassblowing II (ART 266) – Fall 2022
Dates: Sept. 5, 2022 – Nov. 30, 2022
Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Times: 1pm - 5pm 

Description: Furnace Glassblowing II is a three month intensive course and is a continuation of Furnace Glassblowing I (Art 265). In this course, students begin to learn advanced color application and techniques.
Pocket Vase Class
Dates: May 7, 2022
Times: 10am -12pm
Prerequisite: None

Description: Have you ever wanted to make a sweet little vase to hold your flowers? Here’s your chance. In this two-hour class, students will learn to create a hanging pocket vase that fits into any home. Materials included.
Dazzling Dichroic Pendant and Earrings
Dates: June 11, 2022
Times: 10am -11am
Prerequisite: None

Description:  Looking for that perfect gift for that special person? Learn to make a dazzling matching dichroic pendant and earring set. Materials included. 
Introduction to Borosilicate Fundamentals II - Pendants
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Prerequisite: Fundamentals I - Marbles

Description: Students will build upon skills learned in the Fundamentals I class to learn how to make a borosilicate glass pendant. Join us for this 3-hour workshop focused on shaping and controlling molten glass on the torch. Working with borosilicate glass, students will learn implosions, color application, and more, to create one of a kind pieces of art.
Have a Lightly-Used, Newer-Model Truck/SUV To Donate to SGS?
SGS is looking for a lightly-used, newer-model truck or SUV to use to use to pull the mobile glass blowing trailer to remote locations. Your donation is tax-deductible and will help SGS better accomplish its mission. Call Dennis or Lynn at 520-884-7814 for more information.
How Can I Help?
By choosing to support Sonoran Glass School (SGS), you are helping to inspire people of all ages and abilities to discover the wonder of glass art while providing positive, enriching opportunities for youth, seniors, veterans, and others within our community and across the country. Please click the button below to learn about the many ways in which you can help SGS.
***Summer Break ***
SGS will be taking a break for the month of July.
We wish you a wonderful summer and we look forward to bringing you new classes and new activities when we return!
For more information, call 520-884-7814
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, and creating a place where people of all ages and abilities can discover the wonder of glass. Proceeds from our classes, membership dues, gallery sales, and events support the education and advancement of glass art and glass artists in Southern Arizona.