Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.


         The Desert Environment Series presents   

            Glass in Architecture

  A 3-day Glassblowing & Casting Workshop

             May 16, 17 & 18, 2014

The workshop features glassblowing, glasscasting and lectures by glass artists Tom Philabaum, Joshua Dopp and Brigid O'Malley. Learn the art of glass work through 3 days of intensive hands-on experience at Arcosanti with masters of the trade.

Glassblowing & Casting Workshop
with Joshua Dopp
May 16, 17 & 18 | 10 am to 5 pm | $400

Learn the fundamentals of glass-working and how a glass studio operates.  Students will get bench time and assist each other in this dynamic art form.  We will make simple vessels, solid sculptural forms and sand cast glass forms.  We will finish the workshop with a day of learning hot glass casting techniques and cold working, ladling hot glass from the furnace into sand molds made by the students, and grinding and polishing.

Warm Glass Workshop with Brigid O'Malley
May 16, 17 & 18 | 10 am to 5 pm | $300 plus $50 materials

Discover fritography and learn to paint with glass by using techniques and processes that allow you to create detailed imagery. In this workshop, you will work with kiln-formed glass procedures that start with a clear glass base that is layered to produce depth and character by shading and blending frits.  Each student will leave the workshop with a completed glass project.  Required materials: glass cutters, breakers, tweezers, small brushes, x-acto knife, and a couple of simple photos or images to work from.

Attendance is limited, so register now!

For registration and information, contact Joshua Dopp at 602.320.6071 or
joshua [at] highwayhotshop [dot] com
Meals and accommodations available; contact Arcosanti at 928.632.7135 or visit here.

Join us on Saturday, May 17 for a series of glasswork lectures and
demonstrations as part of the Arizona Vivaldi Festival!

10:00 AM | "Sculptural Glassblowing" demonstration with Joshua Dopp & Tom Philabaum
2:00 PM | "The Evolution of a Glass Artist in America" lecture with Tom Philabaum
3:30 PM | "Architectural Glass Is More Than a Stained Glass Window" lecture with Brigid O'Malley
7:00 PM | "Venetian Glassblowing" demonstration with Joshua Dopp (dinner RSVP req'd)

For more information about the Vivaldi Festival, visit here, or call 928.632.7135.


Joshua Dopp has been working with glass for over 20 years.  He holds a BA in Art History from UCSB and an MFA in Glass And Sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  A past fellow of the Creative Glass Center of America and Penland School of Crafts, he is currently Glass Artist in Residence at Mesa Arts Center.  His work has been collected and exhibited extensively from Santa Barbara to Zurich.

Tom Philabaum has been blowing glass since 1971.  After earning his MA from the University of Wisconsin in 1973, he moved to Tucson, built his first glass studio, and earned and MFA from the University of Arizona in 1983.  His studio and gallery have been landmarks in the Tucson art scene for over 30 years, creating utilitarian, sculptural and architectural works in a millennia-old tradition.  His work is exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world.

Brigid O'Malley began working with glass in 2004.  She studied at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Swansea Metropolitan campus, one of the leading architectural glass art programs in the world.  Specializing in warm glass techniques to produce pieces for residential and commercial spaces, she has earned international recognition for her work.  She currently teaches art glass classes at Mesa Art Center.