2014 Exhibition “WIRED II”

Opening Reception: Saturday , October 4, 5 to 8 pm

                               • A Fusion of Glass & Copper •

Tom Philabaum and Wes Hunting with Wesley Hunting

Philabaum Glass Studio and
Hunting Studio Glassworks
reunite in a collaboration of glass sculpture, culminating in our 2nd “Wired” exhibition.

Show Dates: October 4 – January 31

Public Demos

Visitors may watch the artists create the works in the Philabaum Studio preceding the exhibition.  The finished works will be on display for the Opening Reception.
Tuesday, 9/30          10-2
Wednesday, 10/1     10-2
Thursday, 10/2        10-2



Summer 2014


An Italian Maestro

Lucio Bubacco Conflito Creature Detailw gradConflito Creature-8


2014 Winter Exhibition


February 1 – April 26, 2014

Opening Reception: February 1, 5 – 8 pm

Tucson stone sculptor Merlin Cohen joins glass artists Mark Abildgaard and Caleb Nichols in a tribute to the geologic forces in nature.



Amethyst - Good GradientScarlet Crystal alternate view Gradient

CoralOrangeVessel2012GRADIENTAmber Crystal GradientRose Crystal Vessel Gradient

December Exhibition

“Holiday Showcase” December 4 – January 25, 2014

Presenting works by 10 Arizona Artists in glass

Colorbound in Green Paul Anders-Stout
Jim Antonius
Dan Enwright
Jordan Ford
Dave Klein
Jason Marstall
Cynthia Miller
Erika Parkin
Carole Perry
Louis Via
Cylinder - Holiday Showcase 2013Cone - Holiday Showcase 2013







Sphere - Holiday Showcase 2013Unstable Isotopes








Tension ReleasedVaso Oro







MockingbirdGarden 2013WarriorQueen 2013













Colorbound in Rose







6 Panel with Sand 2013













Fall 2013 exhibition

Click here to see Video and interview on PBS Arizona Illustrated Oct 3

Opening Reception: October 5, 5 – 8 pm

October 2nd and 3rd, 2013

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Open Demo by the Huntings and Philabaum
Seating limited, with no reservations

October 3rd

Watch AZ ILLUSTRATED on PBS KUAT-Channel 6 for an
Interview of the artists, 6:30 pm.

October 5, 5 – 8

Gallery Reception for “WIRED”

In June of 2013, Tom Philabaum traveled to Princeton, Wisconsin to work in the studio of Wes Hunting and his son, Wesley.  He took along several types of copper wire and ideas for a new body of work.  Their week-long collaboration became an experiment in wire-wrapping hot glass, giving a new twist to the work each had been doing.

In early October  the Huntings will come West to complete this body of work in Philabaum’s studio.  Glass fans are invited to visit the studio during this collaborative effort on October 2nd and 3rd, to watch the wire-wrapping of hot glass.  Finished work will be available at the Opening Reception of the show, “Wired”, the following Saturday evening.

all photos credited to Joe Tanner

October 5

Gallery Reception

5 – 8 pm


711 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 884-7404

“Off the Wall”


June 1 – September 28
Summer Hours are 10:30 – 4:00.

Our summer exhibition features glass art for your walls.

Tom Philabaum has new  Wall Flowers  in an assortment of color tones, with patterning and 3 dimensional stamens.  Purchase in any size grouping to fit your needs.  Easy wall mounts.









Cynthia Miller’s Swan Nebula features glass on copper panels.


 Henry Halem exhibits FISH.


and the winners are…

TGF logo  The exhibition titled “The Science Behind The Art”, featuring the     competitors at the Tucson Glass Festival’s  S.T.E.A.M. OFF competition is now on display in our gallery.  The range of creativity that the glass artists exhibited in portraying the science inspires all, no matter which side of the academics you find yourself.

  The exhibition runs through May 25.

Read more about this event and competition in the two previous posts.

 Kinetic Sculpture  by Bandhu DunhamKinetic Sculpture8

1st Place:   DICHROIC GEOMETRY                               Dichroic Geometry

by Richard Hornby and Linda Allyn,
from Fire Ranch Glassworks.







2nd Place:  CAMEL TRAIN                                             CamelTrainGRADIENT

by Pam Vandiver, and her students in
Materials Science & Engineering at the U of A.






3rd Place:   Rupert S.T.E.A.M. Robot                            Rupert Gradient

by Jason Marstall
















Honorable Mention:   S.T.E.A.M. CHALICE         STEAM ChaliceGradient

by Tom Philabaum













The following submissions are presented in alphabetical order by artist.



By Matt Bain







METHANE                                                                         MethaneGRADIENT

by Jordan Ford









TREE OF KNOWLEDGE                                            Tree of Knowledge

by Bronwen Heilman, Katherine Nesce, and
Terry Bendt










JUGGLING LOVE                                                     jugglinggradient

by Michael Joplin









MY FIRST MICROSCOPE                Microscope Gradient

by William Justiniano


















by Dave Klein & Louis Klein                     Lightning Gradient



















HEAD FULL OF S.T.E.A.M.                     Head2 Gradient

by Paul Anders-Stout













MONARCH LIFE CYCLE                              ButterflyGradient

by Margaret Zinser

“The Science Behind the Art”

Reception for our Tucson Glass Festival  S.T.E.A.M.  OFF Exhibition.  TGF logo
April 20, 5 -8 pm  Open to the Public

Join us for our reception opening the exhibition featuring the art created during last weekend’s STEAM OFF competition at Philabaum  Glass Studios and Sonoran Glass School.  This fundraiser for the Sonoran Glass School’s at-risk youth development program featured some of Arizona’s top glass artists, creating art while explaining the many ways that science plays a part in the art of making glass.

The STEAM OFF promotes the educational concept of S.T.E.A.M., incorporating the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.  During the past weekend, the artists presented a drawing of the piece they planned to make, and during their 2-hour time slot, explained their process, as well the science involved in their creation of art.

Finished pieces will not only be on display and for sale at Philabaum Glass Gallery, but will be judged for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place by famed scientist and Director of the University of Arizona’s Mirror Lab, Dr. Roger Angel.  The winners will be announced at the Opening Reception at Philabaum Glass Gallery, on Saturday evening, April 20, around 6:30 or 7 pm.

Tucson Glass Festival 2013

April 13 & 14, & 20


Presented by Philabaum Glass and Sonoran Glass School

This year’s festival will feature a STEAM OFF competition.  STEAM is a new educational emphasis being used that is founded in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The competition will be judged by Roger Angel, Optics professor and Director of the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory at the University of Arizona.

1991- Tom Philabaum, Michael Joplin, Leah WIngfield, and Stephen Clements at the 1st rotating mirror kiln for casting telescopes at the U of A

1991- Tom Philabaum, Michael Joplin, Leah Wingfield, and Stephen Clements at the 1st rotating mirror kiln for casting telescopes at the U of A

Arizona glassblowers and torch workers will converge at Philabaum Glass Studio and Sonoran Glass School for a weekend of creating glass art, and will include the fundamentals of STEAM in the creation of the art pieces.  The  demo and later exhibition will include the artist’s concept in sketch format, and explanations of how the sciences are a vital part of the glass blowing process.

The demonstrations will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14,  in two hour slots  starting at 9 am on both days.  Entrance to the fundraiser is $25 per day.  Schedule, tickets and reservations will be available soon at both Sonoran Glass and Philabaum Glass.

The following weekend,  STEAM OFF creations will be displayed in a special exhibition at Philabaum Glass Gallery.  The Reception will take place Saturday evening, April 20th, from 5 to 8 pm, with many of the featured artists present to meet and greet folks.  Cash prizes will be awarded to winning artists in First, Second and Third Place.

Tickets for the event are $25 /day, and can be purchased at http://steamofftickets.eventbrite.com/#. Proceeds of the Tucson Glass Festival will benefit the Sonoran Glass School youth development program.

For more details concerning the Festival, please see  www.sonoranglass.org.

“Cast & Cut”

February 2, 2013   5 – 8 pm

Opening Reception with featured artists Mark Abildgaard and Michael Joplin.

Show run: February 2 – April 13

Abildgaard casts glass in forms resembling both totems and quartz-like vessels. Joplin blows large platters which become the canvas for his cut and etched vintage nude studies .

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