Dear Friends,
The last few months have been hard. The last few days have been worse.
Our hearts break for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who have been murdered by an oppressive system. We share the pain of communities across our country, already struggling with the pandemic, now consumed by rage and mourning. We stand with those seeking justice and change.
We have a mission, “To inspire people of all ages and abilities to discover the wonder of glass arts,” and a vision, “To become the premiere glass school in the Southwest.” These goals, this philosophy, guide us every day in our decision making, helping us determine the courses we offer, the agencies with whom we partner, and the strategic planning that moves us forward.
The third, and perhaps most important, pillar of our organizational structure is our values. We don’t talk about them as often (perhaps not often enough), but it feels important to share them now:
  • Artistic excellence – We foster an environment where students and working artists alike can grow artistically, creatively, and professionally.

  • Teamwork – Both within our studios and within our community, our staff nurtures an atmosphere of collaboration and communication.

  • Inclusion & Diversity – We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We demonstrate a commitment to diversity in staff, volunteers and audiences, including full participation in programs, policy formulation, and decision-making. We create an environment where all feel welcome.

  • Community – Sonoran Glass School is an integral part of Tucson’s arts community. We contribute to a dynamic arts landscape and we advocate for a robust creative economy.
To date, our work around diversity, equity, inclusion, and access has been centered around K-12 youth in our community and our programs in Title I schools. It’s a start, but it’s not enough. But by centering these values, using them as a framework, I believe we can do more.
Sonoran Glass School will play an active role in addressing and repairing the inequities in our community. Do I believe that art has the power to heal? Absolutely. Do I believe that art alone is enough? Not at all. But I do believe that in conjunction with education, intention, and action, art, with its ability to amplify diverse voices and opinions, can be part of the solution.
I invite you to join us. We’re hard at work making changes to our programs, our policies, and our physical spaces to best serve you when we re-open, and we want to hear any questions or concerns that you might have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly:
Be well. We hope to see you soon. 
May Glass Sale - Thank You!
Thank you to everyone that supported the school at our latest glass sale. Not only do the glass sales generate income for the school, they're a really nice opportunity to see folks and catch up.

Our next sale will be in mid June. Watch for an email and on social media channels for details.

Please remember the glass sales are by pre-order and appointment only. Thanks to everyone for making these glass sales easy to manage amid all the restrictions and safety requirements!
A Good Read
"Tracing the Glistening History of Glass Making From Ancient Beads to Contemporary Art" is a fascinating article covering a great span of glass history. Check it out by clicking here.
Focus On... Nan Charif
Nan Charif, one of Sonoran Glass School’s Flame Shop Instructors, started in glass art as a bead stringer. She bought beads at local stores and scoured the Gem Show each year for unique finds. She reached a point when she wanted to put her own designs into jewelry and not just buy beads from other sources. Nan took a torchworking class and was immediately hooked. That was 15 years ago, in January 2005. Read more...
The Warm Shop is Fired Up!
The Warm Shop is open every Wednesday, from 11am-1pm. Drop off your projects to be fired and pick them up the next week. (This is not open studio time. This is for pick up and drop off only please.)

Please follow these safety guidelines.
  • If you don't feel well or are exhibiting any signs of illness, please stay home.
  • Please wash your hands upon arriving on campus. All visitors must wear a mask (masks are not provided).
  • Studio occupancy will be limited.
  • Please respect social distancing guidelines.
DIY Mosaic Kits
The mosaic kits we've been offering at the glass sales are now available all the time. The kits come with a 6x6 tile, an assortment of glass and grout. All you need is glue (Elmer's is fine). The kits are $10 each. You can order yours by clicking here and then pick them up in the warm shop every Wednesday between 11am and 1pm. There's no need to bring them back to the school. You can complete them at home!
In Addition...
Do you know a scout troop or have a group of friends that would like a fun and creative project? Participate in a group class from home! The package includes a mosaic kit for each participant and one-hour of live instruction via Zoom. Cost is $10 per student and a $50 group class fee. Contact Caroline Eimer, SGS Education Coordinator for more information and to schedule. .
What Are You Up To?
Normally... we get see and visit with each of you and see what you're working on. We miss it! Please share with us how you're turning your #Isolation2Inspiration during this time. Email us at .
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.