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.