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.