• All Fired Up! New Hot Shop Lec-mo | Sept. 15
  • Improvements to the Warm Shop and Flame Shop
  • New Groupon Offer | Glass Flower Class for 2
  • Glass Candle Holder Class at Tucson Botanical Gardents
  • "Don't Quit Your Daydream" Video
  • Upcoming Visiting Artists
  • Do You Follow Sonoran Glass on Social Media?
  • Student Artist of the Month Larry Temkin
  • Upcoming Member Events
  • Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship Update
  • Beads of Courage at Sonoran Glass School | September 28
  • Donate to a New School Year
All Fired Up! New Hot Shop Lec-mo
Join us as we reveal our new Hot Shop renovation!

Enjoy a presentation explaining the enhancements in the studio!

Watch an exciting glassblowing demonstration on a scale never possible before!

Mingle with glass artists and enthusiasts while enjoying complimentary refreshments!

Learn about our new shields, benches, holes, and color furnace!

Thank you to the Margaret E. Mooney foundation for their generous support of this renovation!

New Hot Shop Reveal, Lecture, and Demonstration
Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 6-8PM
Sonoran Glass School | 633 W. 18th Street
Free for SGS Members
$5 for Gen. Public

RSVP recommended. Reply to this email to RSVP
Improvements in Warm Shop and Flame Shop
Also on display during our All Fired Up event on September 15th will be enhancements in the torchworking and kiln-fusing studios. Improvements include new organizational spaces, new sheet glass holders, new glass rod holders, fresh paint, and more! Check out these fresh new looks.
New Groupon Offer | Glass Flower Class for 2
We have a new offer on glassblowing Groupon that you can purchase for yourself or give as a gift.

Bring a friend to craft and color your own glass art flower with us for 38% off. No experience necessary.
Candle Holder Class at Tucson Botanical Gardens 
We're taking our classes out to the community! In collaboration with the Tucson Botanical Gardens , we're offering a kiln-fused glass candle holder experience necessary.

Class is on October 16 from 10:00-11:30AM and costs $75. All materials and firings are included.
"Don't Quit Your Daydream" Video
This award-winning video follows SGS staff member Alexandria Young's journey as a glass artist in the craft of torchworking and glassblowing. Check it out! It won Best Documentary at the Redding Shorts Fest this year. Video by Avai d'Amico .
Upcoming Visiting Artists
Take your torchworking bead skills to the next level and learn to embellish your pieces with silver working this fall. Explore these Visiting Artist Workshops .

Do You Follow SGS on Social Media?
Stay up to date on Tucson's glass art community! See exciting updates and offers while getting the latest news.

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Student Artist of the Month: Larry Temkin
How did you get started in glass?
My mother and grandfather were both oil painters. I couldn’t draw or paint so art wasn’t part of my repertoire. When my wife and I first got married we were fascinated by the beauty of the three dimensional art glass form and structure and we became collectors - buying pieces as we traveled. I told myself someday, if I ever got the chance, I wanted to try to learn the art of furnace glassblowing to see if there was a hidden artist embedded in my genes.

Why did you become interested in glassblowing?
As a physician, aside from the artistic beauty of glass, I became fascinated with the physics, chemistry, optics, thermodynamics, and light and color properties of the material. About fifteen years ago as I approached retirement and was looking for a new hobby. My wife, aware of my longstanding interest, came across a brochure from Sonoran Glass at the local library and bought me a “Paperweight Experience” as a birthday present, Paul Anders-Stout and I spent a Saturday morning in the studio together and I was hooked. Through introductory, intermediate and private instruction I have continued on a fascinating journey through the multiplicity of techniques and exposure to the masters of the glass world.

What is your favorite part of working with glass?
The hot shop for me has been an escape from my professional life and a place of zen-like concentration and inestimable pleasure. I have been welcomed into the local glass art community, far removed from my medical career. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with remarkable people. There is a never ending new direction of technique and design to explore. I have always blown glass for the personal satisfaction of accomplishment. When someone complements my work I consider that an unanticipated dividend. 

I never thought that with Paul's time, effort, and tutelage that I would be able to construct pieces of increasing complexity of design and execution and be able to bring my artistic visions to fruition with ever increasing technical facility.

Much to my wife’s dismay, I have completely filled our home with the color, whimsy, and diversity of my work. She invites our friends over with a shopping bag.

I wanted to thank Sonoran Glass for providing the venue to foster and support my glass journey. As a former member of the board, I wanted to thank the school for its efforts to promote glass education in our community and letting an old man to follow his passion and leave beautiful artifacts for my family and friends.

-Dr. Larry Temkin
Upcoming Member Events
As an SGS Member you receive free admission to all Visiting Artist Lectures and educational demonstrations (Like All Fired Up on September 15), but this October we have a special event for members only.

Join us for the Pumpkin Fiesta preview and get the first look at this year's crop of specialty, colorful glass pumpkins. Members also have first dibs on purchasing these popular autumn pieces.

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks on us!

October 5th from 6 to 8PM.

To become a member starting at $40/year, visit

To check the status of your membership, call the office at 520-884-7814
Above: Tom Philabaum takes Camp Fuego students on a behind-the-scenes tour of his studio
and his new kiln-fused works in progress
Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship
Applications have been submitted are now being reviewed for the Philabaum Glassblowing Scholarship, a program we started last Spring in honor of our co-founder Tom Philabaum. We will announce the recipient(s) of this scholarship award in the October newsletter. This scholarship provides funds towards the registration fees for our college-credit course (ART 265, Pima Community College), Furnace Glassblowing I, developed by Tom.
Beads of Courage at Sonoran Glass School
Sonoran Glass School is proud to once again host a studio day for Beads of Courage!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 29 from 10AM-4PM for the Bead Challenge Open Studio event at Sonoran Glass School! You are invited to see talented artists demonstrating their glass bead-making skills, select artist-made beads to sponsor for children in the Beads of Courage program, shop for exquisite lampwork glass items, and much more, all to benefit Beads of Courage during Bead Challenge 2018. Don't miss this once-a-year event at Tucson's award-winning Sonoran Glass School, the heart of Tucson's glass art community.

Free and open to the public!
Donate to a New School Year!
Help us start the semester off strong!

We especially need funding for your Youth Education budget to help local schools receive subsidized art education.

-The Youth Education Program at SGS provides free- and reduced-cost education to over 700 students from under-served communities every year.

-Sonoran Glass School (SGS) is the only full-service, nonprofit glass arts educational organization in the desert Southwest.

-SGS hosts free borosilicate torchworking classes for veterans and first responders through its 33rd Boro Platoon program.

-SGS brought 14 renowned visiting artists from around the world for glass art workshops, lectures, and demonstrations during the past fiscal year.

-In a partnerships with local agencies, SGS works with adults with developmental disabilities to make and sell their own work.