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 .

Exhibition:”The Ins & Outs”

Artist’s  Opening Reception:  December 1, 2012, 5 – 8 pm
Open to the Public.

Exhibition runs Dec 1 – Jan 26, 2013

Featuring the interior Optical Paintings in solid glass by Wes Hunting, and the exterior surface design in the whimsical Bobtanicals by Bob & Laurie Kliss.

Solid glass with Optical Paintings, by Wes Hunting.

Bobtanicals, by Bob & Laurie Kliss

2012 Exhibition “GLASS PIONEERS”

Opening Reception: October 6, 5-8 pm
Show run- October 6- November30

We present “GLASS PIONEERS”, continuing the spirit of the 50th  Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement, with artists Micheal Nourot and Cynthia Miller.

Micheal Nourot was in the first group of students at the Pilchuck Glass School in 1971.  He helped design and build the first hot shop there.  The Pilchuck experience was followed by an apprenticeship in the Venini glass factory in Murano, Italy, at a time when very few Americans were given such an opportunity.  After graduating from the California College of Arts & Crafts, he opened his first studio in 1973.

Nourot’s later studio in Benicia, CA has continued the tradition of the Italians.  His blown work is known for its rich reds; one of many trademarked glass formulas created in his studio.

Cynthia Miller has forged a lifetime in the arts, receiving a Masters of Fine Arts from Northwestern University.  Her career includes professional acting and directing and teaching art, which she continues to do at Pima Community College. Her current passion of copper enameling began after studying with Richard Loving at the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 70’s.

In her Tucson studio, Miller creates wall art by enameling glass onto copper plates. Her work is inspired by a fascination with nature, whether it be the sea, the heavens, or the desert.  The patterns and overlays create a rhythm in rich colors. Her work was a 2012 Niche winner, and a 2011 Niche finalist.


May 5 –  August 31

Our summer exhibition features the new Precarious Rocks of Tom Philabaum. We also have a wonderful assortment of jellyfish by Rick Satava, the sand-blasted bowls by Debra May, and works by the Littleton family, including this cast piece by Kate Vogel & John Littleton.

GLASS 30-40-50 continues..

We continue our exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement in furnace glassblowing!  Click on this link to see an early video of Harvey K. Littleton, the recognized father of the movement, at work in his early studio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utFQrg7IA64

March 3, 2012

In conjunction with the exhibition, we are presenting a slide lecture and glass blowing demonstration by Henry Halem,  glass artist and professor emeritus from Kent State University.

Henry Halem received his undergraduate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1960, and returned to post-graduate studies with Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin in 1968-69.  He went on to create the glass program at Kent State.

In 1972, Halem was elected the first president of the newly formed Glass Art Society, or G.A.S. In 1993, the Glass Art Society presented him with its honorary Lifetime Membership Award.  In 1994, he was installed as a Fellow of the American Crafts Council- their highest honor, and that same year he received the Governor’s Award in Ohio for his contributions as an artist and educator.  In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Glass Art Society.

Henry Halem at the University of South Dakota in 1969


in the Education Center Auditorium
Tucson Museum of Art
March 3, 1:00 pm

Henry Halem with discuss the early days of the studio  glass movement, and the resulting effect on glass art in the United States.

Sponsored by:
Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Arizona Glass Alliance,
Philabaum Glass Gallery, and Tucson Museum of Art


Philabaum  Glass Gallery & Studio
711 South 6th Avenue
March 3, 4:00 pm

Please reserve seats by emailing or calling Philabaum Glass Gallery.
884-7404 or gallery@philabaumglass.com  Seats will not be held beyond 4:10 if others are waiting.

Halem will demonstrate fun glass blowing techniques learned in the 60’s.  He will blow into molds constructed from objects found in the studio and junk yard.  Come watch the famous angle iron blow and wire mesh blow.  If we’re lucky, he will demonstrate the double bubble!

GLASS 30-40-50 Reception & Demo

February 4, 2012

The Maestros: H. Halem, T Philabaum, F. Dreisbach, R. Adamson, R. Strong

Fritz building a truck at the Demo

Tucson Vintage 60's Camper Truck

Winter/Spring: The 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement!

February 4th, 2012, 6 – 9 pm:  Opening Exhibition


30th –  Anniversary of Philabaum Glass Gallery

40 – Years these studio artists have worked in glass

50th – Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement

February 4 – April 28, 2012



Rob Adamson, Donald Carlson, Dale Chihuly, Fritz Dreisbach, Henry Halem, Audrey Handler, Harvey Littleton, Joel Philip Myers, Mark Peiser, Tom Philabaum, Jack Schmidt, Randy Strong, Peter Vanderlaan

Harvey K. Littleton is credited as the father of the American Studio Glass Movement.  He started the first glass blowing program at the University of Wisconsin in 1962.  Many of Littleton’s students continued on to make a name for themselves in the new art-craft movement of glass, including six of the artists in this show:  Dale Chihuly, Fritz Dreisbach, Henry Halem, Audrey Handler, Tom Philabaum, and Jack Schmidt.

Littleton later developed the Vitreograph, a print made using glass as a printing plate in a process that avoids the dangerous chemicals and expensive presses of the traditional printing methods.  He invited many artists to produce their own Vitreographs at his North Carolina studio.  Some of those prints will be included in this show.

During the course of the exhibition, two of the participating artists, Fritz Dreisbach and Henry Halem, will give slide lectures describing their experiences in the early days of studio glass.

Joel Philip Myers Fritz Dreisbach Henry Halem


February 4th, 1:00 pm, at the Tucson Museum of Art Education Center Auditorium.  Slide Lecture titled, “Where Were You In ’62”, by Fritz Dreisbach, artist and founding member of the Glass Art Society.  The talk will describe the art/craft scene in the USA after World War II, including the birth of the studio glass movement in 1962 at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.

February 4th, 6 – 9 pm, OPENING RECEPTION at
Philabaum Glass Gallery, with a demonstration by Fritz Dreisbach. See Fritz and a team of other old-timers create a hand-blown vintage 60’s camper truck.  Demo begins at 6 pm.  No seating remaining at this time.

First glass studio at UW/Madison in 1963

March 3rd, 1 pm, at the Tucson Museum of Art Education Center Auditorium. Slide lecture titled “From The Ground Up” by Henry Halem, glass artist and Professor Emeritus from Kent State  University.  The talk will expound on the early days of  liberating the glass process from the factory to the private studio, and the enormous influence of those accomplishments.



Saturday, December 10
3 – 5 pm

See the latest work of our local glass artists.

December 10 – January 28


Dan Enwright,  Erika Parkin,  Louis Via

of  Philabaum Glass Studios


Paul Anders- Stout.

Exhibition: “HARVEST”

October 1, 2011                         Opening Reception
5 – 8 pm

Our Fall season starts with an exhibition titled, “HARVEST”, celebrating the bounty of the garden in glass! We are featuring glass artists from around the country who have used their skill to create their own botanical magic with a blow pipe.

Featured artists:

Donald Carlson, Molly Stone, Michael Cohen,

Bob & Laurie Kliss,  Elodie Holmes, Tom Philabaum

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