Sonoran Glass School in Tucson, Arizona
Learn glass blowing or stained glass or glass bead making!
Recommended by: Helga Marshmellow
Wow - I had no idea how strong your lungs have to be to blow glass! I think I need to practice but I did get to make a bright red vase - it's only a little bit crooked. They have the coolest pieces for sale too; my friend Ashley loved all the hand-made glass beads and jewelry.
This wonderful school, founded in 2001, aims to bring glass art and glass making to the public. They offer classes and workshops for the little ones too; ages 5 and up are welcome here. Small class sizes, usually 4 to 8 students, mean you'll get lots of one-on-one attention. They have an amazing amount of glass art equipment too; a Hot Shop (open Sept. through May), a Flame Shop and a Warm Shop (both open year round) and even a Cold Shop - I haven't learned the difference between them all yet, but I hope to! What a great place to learn something new and stretch your creative abilities. SGS also partners with University of Arizona and Pima Community College so students can earn college credits.
Ever wondered what it's like to blow glass? Sign up for an intro class and blow your own pumpkin, vase or ornament. Having a birthday party and want to do something a little bit different? How about a make-your-own mosaic trivet class - discounts are given if a group of 10 or more people signs up. They offer everything from basic leaded glass instruction such as making a sun catcher and more advanced classes where you'll create a one-of-a-kind glass lantern. There is something for everyone at this school.
Things to know if you go: you MUST wear closed-toe shoes and they won't make exceptions on that one. They provide the eye protection. Bring water, sunglasses (some of the equipment is outdoors) and either a snack or lunch, depending on the length of your class. Visitors are welcome to watch classes or check out their gallery, with glass gifts and sculptures made by students and faculty available to purchase.
633 W. 18th Street Tucson, AZ 85701-2553
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