Neighborhood Glass Galleries & Studios

Sonoran Glass School
633 West 18th Street

 
Sonoran Glass School is a glass art educational organization and a full-service glass art facilty founded in 2001. It's located on 18th Street west of the Five Points Intersection near the 1-10 frontage road.
 
Hunt for the perfect pumpkin
During Barrio Vidrio you can explore hundreds of colorful handblown pumpkins in our gallery-which we've transformed into a fall pumpkin patch theme. This year, our furnace glassblowing artists have pumped out tons of brand new pumpkins of all sizes, shapes, colors, textures, and applied techniques.
 
Make a glassblown pumpkin, fused fall tapestry tile, or flameworked fall magnet

You can also make a pumpkin in the glassblowing studio alongside a staff instructor for $85. You pick the colors and design elements for your pumpkin. Check out the Warm Shop and the Flame Shop for new kiln-firing and torchworking projects. These are fall-themed and include Fused Fall Tapestry Tiles, Pumpkin Drink Stirrers, and more. These make-your-own glass projects are offered for $10-$25. No experience neccesary. You can pick up your piece later, once it has cooled down in the annealer.  

 

Pre-scheduling to
make a glass pumpkin

The Make Your Own Pumpkin Experience is a very popular activity. We offer walk-in appointments on a first-come, first serve basis. Sometimes there can be long waits. If you know you're going to make a pumpkin, we strongly encourage you to pre-schedule a time with the office to ensure you get into the studio on this busy day. 

 

Call 520-884-7814 to pre-schedule.

 

 

Barrio Collection
252 S Stone Avenue

 
At Katja Fritzsche's Barrio Collection you can browse her Aquaware collection, preview works for her upcoming Davis Dominguez Gallery show and see glass incorporated as a sculptural element.
 
Mobile Glassblowing Studio
Sonoran Glass's Mobile Glassblowing Studio will also be on site with Erika Parkin providing demos and oppurtunities for the public to "play" with glass.
 
Mold-Blowing Deer Glass Sculpture

At 1:30 PM enjoy a mold blowing demonstration withKatja Fritzsche and Danny Perkins. You'll watch the process for making the head and neck of a deer through a mold made by Katja.

 

 

 

Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio
711 S 6th Avenue
 
Philabaum's is open all day and things really kick off in the afternoon and into the early evening. Casual demos begin in the Hot Shop here at 2PM. Browse the gallery, take a seat in the studio, and feel free to ask questions of the artists.
 
Tucson's Best Glass Art Collection
For forty years Philabaum Glass has been a presence in the art scene of downtown Tucson. The gallery features the work of Tom Philabaum, as well as many of today's best known artists from across the country.
 
Sip wine, mingle, and browse works at a new exhibit reception featuring the fused works of Karen Bexfield and Richard Parrish at 4 p.m at PGG&S.
 
Glassblowing Finale
Expect to see something special, and big, with premade elements hot sculpted in the studio. Jason Marstall has put together a great demo to close our the evening at 5 p.m. Studio glass pioneer Tom Philabaum will be your host as he narrates the processes happening before you and answers questions. 
 
Don't miss this grand finale.
 
Final Piece description: Blown vessel with patterning and hollow sculpted components. Other sculptural elements. Finished vessel displayed on side with woman holding it up. Final piece to be on display at Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio
 
 
 
 

 

 

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