-Thanks for coming to the Pumpkin Fiesta
-Remembering Kristallnacht at JFCS
-Student Artist of the Month: Janien Gunterman
-Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship Recipients
-Book Your Holiday Party at Sonoran Glass School
-New Oceanside Sheet Glass in the Warm Shop
-Visiting Artist Michele Coletti: Conquering Double Helix this Saturday
-UPCOMING EVENTS: Oro Valley Holiday Festival and Winter Open House
-Support Glass Art Education: A Message from Thom Melendez
Thanks for coming to the Pumpkin Fiesta!
Thanks to those who experienced this year's Pumpkin Fiesta! It was quite the weekend!
If you missed the event but are still looking for glass pumpkins, we still have a wonderful variety on display in our fall gallery.

You can Make Your Own Pumpkin year-round by appointment. This is a perfect activity for your out-of-town guests!
And if you like the Pumpkin Fiesta, you'll love our upcoming Winter Open House !
Remembering Kristallnacht at the JFCS
We paid a visit to Jewish Family & Children's Services to share a glass project with a group of Tucson's Holocaust survivors. They are participating in  Remembering Kristallnacht: New Work from Broken Glass , a collaboration between Sonoran Glass School, The Holocaust History Center, the Tucson JCC, JFCS. The project offers free, values-based programming to commemorate the eighty years that have passed since Kristallnacht and offers students and community members a special opportunity to participate in a public arts exhibition with cultural and historical impact.

Teachers of middle- and high school students who are interested in having their classes participate should fill out
Student Artist of the Month: Janien Gunterman
How did you get started in glass?  
I got started in glass about 11 years ago when I met my husband Darby Graham. He had already been working in glass for about 15 years at that point and taught me everything I know about Lampworking. I primarily focused on soft glass and then did some Boro as well but really loved 104 coe glass and how fluid it is and I focused on that. A few years later I did a little furnace glass work and look forward to taking glass blowing glasses here this fall and winter. 

Why did you become interested in kiln-fusing? 
It was a form of glass art that I hadn't had much exposure to and after taking a few years off from making glass pieces I thought the best way to reignite my love for glass was with kiln fusing and a chance to be around like-minded artsy people. I wanted to expand my horizon of what's possible and how I might incorporate all aspects of glass into my pieces. I really love the vibe here at Sonoran Glass School and everyone I have met has been so kind and welcoming that I'm hooked and excited to see where chapter two of my glass career takes me.

What is your favorite part of working with glass?
The thing that keeps me coming back for more are the endless possibilities of what can be created with glass. One lifetime is not enough time to do it all but I sure am going to try. The medium is so beautiful.
Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship Recipients
Bryan Scofield & Skyler Blood-Raiter.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship! This scholarship helps subsidize the cost of Furnace Glassblowing I, a semester-long class that students can take for credit from Pima Community College as ART 265 or ART 266.

 The Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship is named after glass artist and Sonoran Glass School co-founder Tom Philabaum.

Bryan Scofield (left) is a veteran and single father. He says the art of furnace glassblowing has lit a passion he didn't know he had. It has taught him to create and make adjustments from original plans, a lesson he see as valuable both in this art form and in life.

"To be able to blow glass is therapeutic for me and gives me a mental and physical break from my busy schedule. I plan to create a career that involves glass, but mainly I plan to do it for fun. I give most of my pieces to friends and family. The amazement they have in the pieces I create is fuel for my soul."

Skyler Blood-Raiter (right) is a student at Pima Community College and an artist in both blown and torchworked glass.

"I am pursuing a career in glasswork, and have recently decided to further my formal education at Pima Community College. The program at Sonoran Glass School will grant me academic credit through Pima, and allow me to continue learning the art of glass blowing, which will carry me towards both of my current goals. I support myself solely through my work, and invest everything back into my craft. This scholarship will allow me to continue to advance in this craft and build the skills I will need to be a successful glass artist."
Book Your Holiday Party at SGS
Holiday parties at SGS are a fun and interactive way to heat up your holiday season! Book a studio to be the location of your get-together. We have space available for drinks and food and will work with caterers to provide tables, power, and other needs.

Have your guests make an event keepsake with one of our instructors through a Make Your Own Glass Art Experience.

Call 520-884-7814 for details or email
New Oceanside Sheet Glass in Warm Shop
Visit the Warm Shop for a wide array of fusible sheet glass and check out a new selection of glass from Oceanside. We're so excited!

These are the first of a new style of glass from Oceanside, who is now concentrating exclusively on the manufacture of fusible glass.

We have much more than pictured here. Come check it out!

And don't forget! Members get 10% off glass during Warm Shop rental days and classes.
Michele Coletti: Conquering Double Helix
October 20
Visiting Instructor: Michele Coletti
Oct. 20, 2018
Saturday | 10am – 5pm
Prerequisite: advanced beginners, intermediate or advanced lampworkers 

There are three spots left! Sign up today.

Double Helix glass is known and admired for its beautiful color reactions. You’ve probably oohed and ahhhed at work you admire and even bought some beautiful glass beads. But when you sit down to work with this glass, why are you having trouble?

This day-long class will include tips and tricks for several classic Double Helix colors as well as a few new ones. We will focus on techniques rather than products, working through small beads, dots and stringer and encasing. We will cover oxygen and gas sources and how to modify them at the torch for reducing as well as striking sequences ( full description in link below ) .
Sign up for Beginning Bead Making -
Basics & Beyond
Instructor Nan Charif
Oct 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 2018
Three Saturdays
10am – 1pm

This consecutive, 3-session, 9 hour class introduces you to melting soft glass with a torch to make beads.
Fall Open Studio Tours | October 27 & 28
Sonoran Glass School is participating in the Fall 2018 Open Studio Tours in Tucson! Stop by on Saturday or Sunday from 10AM-5PM. We will be having classes going on and the gallery open.

The Fall Open Studio Tours in Southern Arizona is one of the largest self-guided tours of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region, showcasing artists, musicians, and other creative businesses.The Open Studio Tours supports and promotes local artists who work and exhibit in Southern Arizona in order to strengthen the growing cultural community.

The Fall Open Studio Tour season is supported with grant monies from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona and presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA). 
Alexandria Young , one of our talented Hot Shop Instructors, will also be holding an open house at her studio, located at 1350 S. 8th Ave. Alex will also have work from the 4D Glassblowers group: Paul Anders-Stout, Virgil Jones, and Jason Marstall, on display.

Holiday Festival of the Arts at Oro Valley
Dec 1 & 2
We are firing up our mobile glassblowing studio to take to the Holiday Festival of the Arts in Oro Valley! Watch us do live demonstrations and visit our booth for unique glass art gifts and creations.

The two-day festival is one of Southern Arizona’s largest community arts celebrations, with over 150 artisans, over 30 performances by student and local musicians, family arts activities, food trucks, and the TUBACHRISTMAS holiday play-along. Festivities culminate in the lighting of the Oro Valley holiday tree.

SAACA, in partnership with the Town of Oro Valley and the Vestar Oro Valley Marketplace, produce the event, which is also sponsored by local businesses and organizations.
Winter Open House | December 8
Bring friends and family to explore our studios, gallery, and sculpture garden. Shop for handmade glass art jewelry, housewares, ornaments, platters, sculptures, and decor. You can even Make Your Own Glass Art at this event through special in-studio experiences. Proceeds support glass art education in Southern Arizona!

-Live ornament glassblowing
-2018 Series of Handblown Ornaments
-Functional and decorative glass art gifts
-Special, no-appointment Make Your Own Experiences (Ornaments, Snowflakes and more! $10-45)
“When we were making our pendants I was afraid of the fire, but I saw colors that I had never seen before!
Your school is an amazing, creative place.”

-Josiah, 5  th  grader in TUSD
A message from SGS Board Member, Thom Melendez:
Just about this time last year, Lynn Davis, our Executive Director, approached me to join the board. Unbeknownst to her, glassblowing is in my DNA -- my maternal grandfather and an uncle were glassblowers in the UK – and this seemed like a good way to explore that part of my family history.

After visiting the campus and learning about everything this unique school provides to our community, I said, “Yes!” But it is truly because of the passion and commitment of our volunteers, students, staff, and leadership, along with the support of people like you, that made my decision to become a board member an incredibly easy choice!

One year later I am writing to you for the first time to ask you to join me, along with the members of the board, by  making your gift today   to Sonoran Glass School. Like you, I am committed to make SGS a premier arts program not only in Southern Arizona, but in the American Southwest as well.

Please make your gift today! Together we will help ensure the school’s success for many more years to come!
Thom Melendez
Board Member
Sonoran Glass School