Tucson Glass Festival
Studio Glass Movement 50-year Anniversary Celebration As part of the Tucson Glass Festival Thursday - Saturday, March 22 - 24 Demos and Lectures from 6:30 - 9pm, Thursday and Friday; 11am - 9pm, Saturday $10 per day, $25 for all 3 days Opening party, Saturday 5 - 9pm. $5 to enter. Exhibition dates: 3/22/12 - 4/27/12. Enjoy this celebration of the Tucson Glass Festival, focusing on the American Studio Glass Movement 50-year Anniversary! SGAA will be the home of a wonderful collection of Anniversary Exhibition, Demos and Lectures by important Studio Glass Artists. Featured artists will include: Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Laura Donefer, Henry Halem, and Tom Philabaum! Schedule of events: 3/22 Thurs: 6:30 – 9pm: lecture & demo, Henry Halem 3/23 Fri: 6:30 – 9pm: lecture & demo, Laura Donefer 3/24 Sat: 11am – 1:30pm: lecture & demo, Einar & Jamex de la Torre 3/24 Sat: 2 – 4:30pm: lecture & demo, Tom Philabaum 3/24 Sat: 5-9pm: Exhibition Opening Party The American Studio Glass Movement During the 1950s, studio ceramics and other craft media began to gain popularity and importance in the US, and American artists interested in glass looked for new paths outside industry. The catalyst for the development of studio glass in the US was Harvey Littleton, a teaching ceramist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Informed by his own background in the material, Littleton started experimenting with hot glass in his studio in 1958. Littleton joined forces with the Toledo Museum of Art, the site of the "birth" of the American Studio Glass Movement during 2 historic glassblowing workshops in March and June of 1962. He worked with glass research scientist Dominick Labino, who successfully devised a small, inexpensive furnace in which glass could be melted and worked, making it affordable and possible for the first time for artists to blow glass in independent studios. Littleton subsequently started a glass program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Some of his early students were Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, and Fritz Dreisbach, all artists who have played seminal roles in raising the awareness of studio glass around the world. Littleton's students successfully took glassblowing in experimental and innovative directions, shaping American glass as we know it. This year marks the 50-year Anniversary of Studio Glass in America and we celebrate this milestone with some of the industry’s finest glass artists. Please join us at SGAA for 3 days of lectures and demos to learn how modern day glassmaking was born.
Sonoran Glass Art Academy
633 W 18th St, Tucson, AZ 85701