When will SGS be Open?
If you're wondering when the school will resume operations, so are we . We are relying on objective criteria from our local government and watching the decisions made by our local schools and universities to help chart our timeline. During this time we are grateful for your support. Thank you for your donations ( donate here ). Thank you for buying glass at our sales. Thank you for sharing how you're staying creative.

If you have any questions about gift certificates, studio time, gallery items for sale, etc. please send an email to info@sonoranglass.org .
The Warm Shop is Fired Up!
Starting on May 6, the Warm Shop will be open every Wednesday, from 11am-1pm. Drop off your projects to be fired and pick them up the next week.

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.
GAS 2020 Virtual Conference
Thursday, May 21 – Saturday, May 23
Free & Open to the Public
Donations Suggested

The Glass Art Society 2020 Conference is going virtual! It is free and open to the public and starts on Thursday, May 21st.

GAS has joined with glass artists from all over the world to bring as much of the conference experience as possible to you! The virtual conference will include highlights from their partners in Sweden. They will feature a combination of live and pre-recorded presentations, lectures, tours, happy hours, and more!

More conference information, as well as the schedule, can be found on the GAS website. Click here.

Photos from the 2017 GAS Conference on Norfolk, VA.
Glass Art Society (GAS) is going Virtual!
By Bronwen Heilman, Glass Artist and Instructor,
Flame Shop Director at Sonoran Glass School since 2013

There are many exciting parts of the Glass Art Society Conferences. There is the opportunity to meet new and like-minded artists. You can connect with old friends by joining them at demos and lectures. It's always nice to travel and experience someplace new.

I have been to eight GAS Conferences since 1997. The first one (will always be super magical) was in Tucson, Arizona and was hosted at the Tom Philabaum Studio and Gallery. I volunteered to set up the flame working / bead making section. This was the first time that bead making was a key part to the GAS conference. The bead making demonstrations included: Kate Drew Wilkenson, Alison Sheafor, Don McKinney, David Vogt, Kevin O’Grady, David Hall, Kristen Franzen-Orr and me, Bronwen Heilman.
Another GAS conference that was very special to me was the 2012 Conference in Toledo, Ohio. I demoed one of my images inside an orb (see photo) . This one was the 50th anniversary of studio glass blowing. 

Another GAS conference that ranks near the top for me was the 2018 conference held in Murano, Italy. Just being there, walking over the bridges to the wrong side of the canal and to run over the bridge again to the correct side of the canal is a memory I will always hold dear. Visiting the flame working masters: Cesare Toffolo, Lucio Bubacco, Igor Balbi, and Dario Frare in their studios was mind blowing. Sharing spritzers with Mauro Vianello, Davide Penso and Lucia Santini at Lucia’s glass studio with the rain sprinkling down on us was pure magic. There were a lot of pop-up glass shows that were unique and captivating.

The Corning Museum of Glass Conferences are always super special. Having the world famous Glass Museum there is a great perk and is not to be missed. I had other conferences near the museum at other times of my career, and I would skip the event, just to hang out in the glass museum. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone!)

The key part to all of these events is that they are held in a different space. This year, the space is Virtual. The conference will be online, safe, away from people, yet together through the magic of the internet.  There will be live events, pre-recorded events and the favorite of all the attendees, the Goblet Grab.  

Check out what the Glass Art Society is all about, and what it has to offer.
Glass Sale Part 3!
Saturday, May 16, 11am-1pm

The sale is by appointment and pre-order only.

Email bronwen@sonoranglass.org with your order and an appointment time will be given to you.

Flame Shop
For a list of glass Flame Shop glass, click here .
Soft Glass (COE 104) will be available to purchase the day of the sale.
  • Boro color shorts: 1 lb. for $30 (assorted colors)
  • Assorted Boro - Origin Colors: 1 lb. for $30
  • Boro clear shorts: 2 lb. for $10 (assorted sizes)
  • Soft glass color shorts: 1.5 lb. for $10 assorted color bag

Warm Shop
For a list of Warm Shop COE 96, click here .
For a list of Warm Shop COE 90, click here .
  • DIY Suncatchers: New! $15 each. Create your own beautiful fused glass suncatcher! This kit includes all the glass you'll need. Using Elmer's Glue create your masterpiece at home and then bring it back to SGS to be melted in the kiln and pick it up the following week.
  • Mosaic Kits: Special stay-at-home price of $10 each (regularly $20, limited quantity) If you bought a mosaic kit at the last sale check out the "how-to" video Bronwen did. You can find it here.

Here are the “rules”:
  • Come in through the West gate (by the employee parking).
  • Wash your hands before entering the purchase area. There is a sink by the cold shop that will be ready with paper towels and soap.
  • Please be considerate of each other’s space. If someone is still in the buying area, please form a line in the parking lot at a 6 ft. distance.

Any updates to available glass will be on our website. Click here .

Share with us! Send a photo of what you're working on to info@sonoranglass.org .
Focus On... Monique Moriarty
Monique started doing stained glass around 2003. She was living in England and the Arts and Crafts Center where she worked offered a class. After taking the class she fell in love with stained glass and became the teacher’s assistant. Read more...
SGS mourns the loss of William Constantine "Dino" Chonis who passed away on April 13. Dino was an early Board member for SGS. His support and guidance were greatly appreciated.
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.