Dear Friends,

We hope this note finds you healthy and well. The coronavirus pandemic has dealt quite a blow to arts organizations and nonprofits (and just about everything else) in recent months, and Sonoran Glass School is no exception.

When folks ask how we're doing, "Not bad, not perfect" has become my refrain. We closed to the public in mid-March, leaving us without program revenue during what is typically our busiest part of the year. We cancelled hundreds of individual classes, four visiting artist lectures and master classes, several larger corporate events, school groups, in-person summer camp, and annual events, sacrificing nearly a quarter of our annual revenue.

But when we asked for your help, you answered. We are thankful for your enthusiastic response to our summer fund drive and all the ways that you have found to support the school. There is no shortage of agencies and organizations in need right now and we are so grateful for your continued support.

Hot Shop and Warm Shop Re-Open on October 1st!

We are excited to welcome you back to campus. Redesigned shop spaces and revised policies will ensure the safety of staff and students. Safety protocols will include but are not limited to:

  • Visits will be by appointment only, no drop-ins.
  • If you are not feeling well on the day of your visit, have been in contact with anyone who is sick, or have traveled recently, we ask that you reschedule.
  • Class sizes and number of students per day will be reduced to allow for social distancing and cleaning between appointments.
  • Tools and surfaces will be cleaned several times a day. Studio cleaning protocols will be posted for visitors to examine.
  • Staff and students will wear masks at all times, except when blowing glass.

We will start booking appointments for classes, make-your-owns, and open studio times next week. Please check our website, social media, and emails for the most up-to-date information. If you need to get in touch, please email

Until then, please stay safe.

All my best,
Lynn Davis
Executive Director
Pumpkins 2020

Fall in Tucson wouldn't be the same without our Pumpkin Fiesta. Things will look a little different this year, but you and your family will still have the chance to blow your own pumpkins or browse the hundreds of gorgeous gourds made by our talented staff.

During the week of October 17 - 24, we will be taking reservations for Pumpkin Make-Your-Owns in the Hot Shop. We can accommodate groups of up to six people at a time, either for making or shopping. (Or both!) Call us after September 21st to schedule: (520) 884-7814.
Discover Glass at Home!

We've transitioned our Youth Education program to an online model, keeping everyone safe (and entertained!) while continuing to offer unique, hands-on activities.

Classes and projects are designed for both individuals and groups, grades 1 - 12. Whether you're homeschooling, distance learning, in search of after-school activities or just ready to have some fun, this program fits the bill! Projects are available in real time, with our instructors, or self-paced.

For more information, visit or contact Caroline Eimer, Education Coordinator at

(Grown-ups can play, too! Let us help you design a project for your book group, family reunion, birthday party....)
New Class Opportunity!

We're collaborating with our friends at Desert Metal Craft to bring you a Glass and Metal Mixed Media Class. Students will work with DMC instructors on a forged steel component, then come to Sonoran Glass School at a later date to integrate blown glass and complete the design.

No experience necessary!

Date: September 17th at Desert Metal Craft
(Glass blowing scheduled at SGS after October 1st.)

Price: $395 (Payable to Desert Metal Craft, covers both metal and glass activities.)

For more information and registration, visit:

Mosaic artist Mary Burke has been perfecting her glass-on-glass technique over the summer. She's promised to teach a class for us in the coming months!
Share with us how you're turning your #Isolation2Inspiration during this time. Email us at
Equipment for Sale!
Complete homefill unit: top, bottom and 3000psi whip. Regularly $1800, now $800. (As-is. The item was stored in a garage, so it's very dusty.)
Nortel Mega Minor with marver (not pictured)
Bethlehem Bead Burner (2 available)
$50 each
Jen-Ken AF3P Bead Box Kiln with 2” door
$500 ($955 retail)
Paragon F420 (120V)
This model was an exclusive collaboration between ABR Imagery and Paragon Industries. Excellent condition - it's beautiful inside! (Stock photo.)
Retails for $2700, Paragon has them on sale for $2400
SGS price $1500
Paragon F240 (240V)
Retail price $3,000
Paragon has them on sale for $2,400
SGS price $1,200
Interested? Send an email to
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.