2018 Winter Exhibition

“The Flame”
Tom Philabaum

Opening Reception: Feb 3, 5-8

February 3 – April 28, 2018

After tending the fire for 47 years, Tom Philabaum will turn off his glass furnace for the last time at the end of April. Our show celebrates his glass blowing career of almost five decades with this show of some of his earliest and latest works, and finally, the finale of the hot shop.

Though the furnaces will be dismantled at the end of April, Tom will continue to paint and fuse glass in the studio space and the Gallery will remain open indefinitely.

Tom will talk about his career in the Philabaum Studio on Feb 3rd, at 5 pm, followed by a reception.  The open seating is very limited. 

A second presentation of his talk will take place at the Tucson Museum of Art on March 31st, 11 am, with reserved seating. Click here to see more details. 



39th Studio Sale

Join us for our Open House, Friday and Saturday! 

All Philabaum pieces will be 15% off those 2 days only.  If you are out of town, check out The Art section  here on the website, and scroll down to Tom Philabaum, to view his items.  Then email us with your choice, and give us your shipping address and a phone number.  We will give you the discount when we call you back to take your credit card information.

Fall Exhibition 2017

October 7 – January 27

“New Works from Hunting Studio Glassworks”

October 7 – January 27, 2018

Featuring the Wisconsin Studio of Wes and Wesley Hunting

Son follows career of his dad into the art of glassblowing.

Opening Reception: October 7, 5 -7 pm.  Come meet the Huntings as they show their new work.

Spring 2017 Exhibition

“North Carolina Perspectives”

February 4 – May 27

Shane Fero
Robert Gardner
John Littleton
Kenney Pieper
Kate Vogel

Reception- February 4, 4- 6pm

A survey of five artists representing North Carolina’s glass makers in four distinctly different approaches to the medium; Casting, Batutto,  Filigrana, & Flameworking.


Littleton/Vogel, Cast Glass

Robert Gardner, Batutto Glass


Shane Fero, Flameworked Glass

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Kenny Pieper, Filigrana 

Fall Exhibition, 2016



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SUMMER 2016 Exhibition

Opening – June 4, 4-6 pm

Our Annual Summer Exhibition


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Moon Rays

Featuring Wes Hunting and Jason Marstall

In conjunction with the CTGA, or Central Tucson Gallery Association’s

Summer Art Cruise

Winter 2016 Exhibition

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February 6 – May 28

Opening Reception:
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A survey of some of our favorite California artists:

Mark Abildgaard
Bob & Laurie Kliss
Nick Nourot
Richard Satava

Fall 2015 Exhibition

Applebaum & Holmes
Opening October 3

Transparent and textured hot glass Transformation pieces by
Leon Applebaum of Prattsburgh, NY.


and the blown glass sculptures with iron stands by
Elodie Holmes of Santa Fe, NM.

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Barrio Vidrio  Events

October 3rd | Saturday | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
El Barrio Vidrio (Spanish for a glass neighborhood, district, or quarter)  presents a neighborhood celebration of the fall season and glass artistry in Tucson.

Three glass studios in close proximity, Barrio Collection, Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, and Sonoran Glass School invite you to explore el Barrio Vidrio.

Watch exciting demonstrations, shop for glass art, see a new exhibition on its opening day, and even create your own masterpiece.  You can visit this link at www.barriovidrio.com to get the full schedule.

See presentation about the Barrio Vidrio celebration on My Dream Home, KGUN TV, with interviews by John-Peter Wilhite, Katja Fritsche, and Dabney Philabaum.

Philabaum Glass will have glassblowing demos in the studio by Jason Marstall beginning at 2 pm, and ongoing through the evening during our Opening Reception for our new exhibition:


Founder’s Day Celebration at Sonoran Glass School


Saturday, September 26 | 1-3 p.m.

Sonoran Glass School’s co-founders Dave Klein and Tom Philabaum will give a lecture/discussion on the beginnings of the Sonoran Art Foundation, Inc. which later became what we know today as Sonoran Glass School. Following the talk is a furnace glassblowing collaborative project directed by Klein and Philabaum featuring the
SGS Hot Shop Crew.

Summer 2015

“Philabaum Celebrates 40 Years in Tucson”


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In 1975, Philabaum left Chicago in a snowstorm, drove to Tucson, and never looked back.

That first week he slept in his van along the Mt. Lemmon highway, but by day soon found a warehouse to rent for sleeping and more importantly, his studio.  There he formed the Clay & Glass Cooperative with several other artists.   And there he built Arizona’s first glass studio.

By 1980, Dale Chihuly came for several winters to rent time for his own work.  Chihuly was followed by his first assistant, William Morris, who began making his own work during the winter months in the Philabaum studio.  The studio had a life of its own.

This summer we celebrate Philabaum’s glass years in Tucson by featuring works from his many series.


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