Welcome to 2020 at Sonoran Glass School!
Thank you to everyone who took a class, did a Make-Your-Own Experience, attended a workshop and supported the school through a gift! 2020 is going to be a busy and exciting year so stay engaged and up-to-date! Our door is always open for questions and suggestions.

Lynn Davis
Did you know?
You don't have to be good at art to reap the benefits. A recent study showed the stress-reducing benefits of just 45 minutes of creative activity. Read the article here.
SGS Gem Show Events are Right Around the Corner!
Interested in volunteering?
"Research has shown that people
who volunteer often live longer." - Allen Klein

Want to be a Student Vendor?
Wednesday-Friday, February 5-7 10am-6pm
Saturday, February 8, 10am-8pm
Sunday, February 9, 10am-2pm

Tucson's Sonoran Glass Art Show features art glass, beads, jewelry, sculptures, supplies, and more during Tucson's Gem Show. Explore the booths of local, national, and international vendors. This is the only all-glass art show in Tucson. Stay up to date by visiting the Sonoran Glass Art Show web page.

We are inviting Sonoran Glass School (SGS) students to submit their work to sell in the Sonoran Glass booth. For more information, click here .
Saturday, February 8, 4-9:30pm

Join us for Tucson’s 19th annual torchworking event featuring beer, wine, music, closeups of the action on big screen televisions, food trucks, raffles, and, of course, a night of fiery competition! Watch as glass artists compete to make the best torchworked piece based on the theme, "Force of Nature". With timed heats and hosts giving a play-by-play of the action, it’s like Iron Chef for glass art! All proceeds support the nonprofit Sonoran Glass School and its educational programs. $20, VIP $50 Stay up to date by visiting the Flame Off web page.
Wednesday, February 5, 7-9pm

Ornament Magazine , the Ethnographic Group, and Sonoran Glass School present the 2020 Tucson Bead Symposium. The evening features presentations from collectors, artists, and experts on current and historical trends in glass beads. Glass artist,  Floor Kaspers,  returns as this year’s host. Suggested donation is $5 Stay up to date by visiting the Bead Symposium web page.
Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Visiting Artist Series in our Hot Shop
Edison Osorio-Zapata - Cultural Conceptions: Cooking with Glass
Demonstration: Friday, January 31, 7-9pm
Workshop: Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2, 10am-4pm
This class is designed as a multidisciplinary, team structured activity where you will harness the characteristics of hot glass production and utilize the basic fundamentals of cooking. More info...
Alexandria Young
February 28, 7-9pm
Alex has been drawing, painting and sculpting since she was a small child and committed to an artistic career after studying science and engineering at the University of Arizona. More info...
Flame Shop Master Classes
Tom Holland - Bent Beads and Life Rings
February 2
Develop your skills with ISGB Hall of Flame inductee and glass bead history buff, Tom Holland. More info...
Eusheen Goines
February 10 and 11 - Audit Only (no torch or bench)
Warm Shop Advanced Class
Mastering Your Morton Skills
January 25
Sharpen your glass cutting skills! In this class, the Morton Portable Glass Shop (MPGS) will be featured.
Student Artist of the Month: Jason Arnold

Q) How did you get started in glass?  
A) My introduction to glass was actually functional in nature. I became proficient in blowing a bubble at the end of a thin tube, and then popping a hole in it. Paraphernalia was the extent of my glass knowledge until I came to Sonoran Glass School earlier this year.
Q) Why did you become interested in torchworking? 
A) I guess I was searching for a hobby. I have been clean for almost six years now. Sobriety left me with a void to fill. I knew I enjoyed melting glass, but I wanted to pursue it properly. I had never even heard of it referred to as lampworking/torchworking. "Blowing pipes" was the only terminology I knew.

Q) What is your favorite part about working with glass? 
A) My favorite part about working with glass thus far has been discovering just how much I have to learn. This time last year, I would have never thought I'd be creating such pretty things. I don't think I had even considered how a marble was made, let alone the idea of making one. Now, in such a short span of time, I feel there are endless creative possibilities ahead of me.
Featured January Classes
Many more torchworking, kiln-fusing, and glassblowing classes are listed on our website.
Mandala Beads, Soft Glass, Jan. 25, 10am-2pm
Learn how to make multi-layered Mandala Beads out of soft glass. Techniques such as dots, dragging, heat control (and patience) will be taught. Mandala beads can have many layers. More info...
Intro to Stained Glass
January 8 - February 12
Come learn the beginning steps into copper foiled stained glass with our wonderful new local teaching artist Monique!  More info...
Semester Class: Furnace Glassblowing, Art 265 & 266
This class is open to the public.
Furnace Glassblowing I (ART 265) & Furnace Glassblowing II (ART 266) are our most comprehensive classes in glassblowing. More info...
Where to See Us...
Visit Tucson Botanical Gardens and make Glass Candle Votives or Garden Stakes with Warm Shop Instructor, Virgil Jones. View the schedule and details by clicking here .

Sonoran Glass School is offering kiln-fusing classes at CATALYST at the Tucson Mall. Learn more by clicking here .
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.