Hot Glass Intensive – An Introduction to Melting Studio Glass
April 26 - 30, 2021
Glass blowers, have you ever wanted to make your own 96-compatible glass from scratch? Then join us for a week-long workshop led by Paul Anders-Stout. For five full days, you will work from known formulas and adjust ingredients and colorants. We'll review glass ingredients and their purpose in a formula while we experiment with common colorants such as cobalt, copper, silver, manganese, and more.

Participants will also learn how to test glass expansion in the studio and use that information to adjust the formula of their colors to fit their studio glass. You will be able to make and take color bars from the successful melts!

Space is limited. For more information and registration, visit our website. The full class amount must be paid by April 16th, 2021.

Student Spotlight -
Tanya Mirchandani

Tanya Mirchandani is a cyclist, world traveler, and the speaker of several languages. Her adventurous, inquisitive nature comes across in her glass art too, where she is always looking to stretch boundaries and discover something new.

Lately, Tanya has been exploring “roll-ups” – collaborating with our Hot Shop staff to transform her intricate fused pieces into remarkable vessels.

When asked why she is attracted to kiln slumping and fusing she replied, “It’s the best of both worlds: I can do a lot of the work at home, either by myself or alongside my husband, and then I can bring pieces to be fired at the school and be part of a generous community.”

Is she ready to think about blowing glass? “Not yet!" she says. "I still have things to learn in the Warm Shop!”

If you would like to find out more about working across shops and exploring new techniques, give us a call!
Glass At Home Mosaic Kits Now Available!

We've expanded our Glass At Home offerings to include beautiful DIY mosaic kits. Available in Dragonfly, Cactus, or Flower, the kits are $30 each. They include instructions and all the materials you need to complete your project.

Visit our Glass At Home page to order yours today!
Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Awards

For the first time, a glass blower is among the 2020 recipients of the annual Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Award.

This year's honorees include a capoeirista, a Navajo weaver, a horsehair and agave fiber rope maker, a mariachi folk violinist, a steel pan craftsman, a paper flower maker, an O’odham silversmith, an ancestral foodways chef, and a folk musician, all nominated by community members and selected by a panel of cultural leaders and peers. Artists/tradition bearers and their mentees each receive monetary grants to support the transmission of traditional knowledge and work together for one year.

Sonoran Glass School congratulates Paul Anders-Stout (above right), director of our Hot Shop, and Skyler Blood-Raiter (right), his mentee, on this prestigious award. You can view their innovative glass work in our gallery and online and you can follow their progress on Instagram.

Paul's portrait by Steven Meckler
SGS Receives Creative Aging Seed Grant

We’re thrilled to be one of only fourteen nonprofit community arts education organizations across the country to receive funding to pilot a new Catalyzing Creative Aging program. Our staff has worked with the National Guild of Community Arts Education to develop unique curriculum for adults 55+.

Programs such as these are more critical than ever in this time of social distancing and we're excited to be able to offer these meaningful resources. We are partnering with our friends at Hacienda at the Canyon to roll out the program this spring!

The Catalyzing Creative Aging seed grant is provided by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible in part by generous support from Aroha Philanthropies and the NAMM Foundation.
Arizona Gives Day is April 16th!

Did you know that Arizona is home to more than than 20,000 nonprofit organizations? They provide services that we rely on every day, and they make up an important part of our state's economy, employing more that 150,000 workers and generating almost ten percent of Arizona's gross state revenue.

Arizona Gives Day was designed to help strengthen and sustain these crucial businesses. This annual, online day of giving celebrates and increases philanthropy across the state, raising awareness about the critical role Arizona nonprofits play in our communities and inspiring people to help craft a stronger Arizona for all.

If you'd like to support Sonoran Glass School's programs on this special day, please visit our profile at the Arizona Gives Day. website. Thank you!
In Loving Memory

The Board and staff of Sonoran Glass School are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Charlie Smith, our accountant and friend.

Charlie was a fierce champion for Sonoran Glass School and an invaluable member of our team. There are few things that he cared about more than his family and the Detroit Tigers, but we know that SGS had earned a special place in his heart. He will be greatly missed.
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.