The glass facilities at Tyler are excellent resources for your artistic, conceptual, and technical development. In the Glass Program, the studios are designed for extensive research and the creation of works in all areas of glass blowing, casting, fusing, kiln working, and flameworking. As a junior and senior glass major, you will have dedicated studio space and be encouraged to pursue personal exploration and development in any or all of these areas as they relate to your ideas and sensibilities.

Due to the complex nature of materials and processes involved in these majors, the curriculum incorporates aspects of chemistry, state-of-the-art technology, and kiln and furnace design/construction. You are encouraged to use a wide range of materials and methods that have been applied in both traditional and contemporary contexts.

Tyler's Ceramics/Glass faculty are members of the Philadelphia Ceramic Consortium, the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, the American Crafts Council, and the Glass Arts Society. These associations enhance the curriculum by providing an extensive program of visiting artists, workshops, and guest lecturers. In addition, the Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist/Lecture Series in Glass provides an active visiting artist program for students and results in numerous opportunities to experience the work of a wide variety of professional artists.

The Glass Program has arranged scholarships at the Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at Corning, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Urban Glass. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding majors in the Glass Program.

The graduate program in Glass seeks students with a strong undergraduate background within the traditions of glass and the desire to pursue a contemporary conceptual approach to glass and other media. Students are expected to demonstrate both conceptual and technical excellence in a given area, as well as a profound interest in search and experimentation.

The program's philosophy emphasizes the investigation and articulation of concepts leading to a high level of personal inquiry and resulting in work that challenges and extends the traditional boundaries of the media and their accepted definitions. As such, the curriculum is enhanced by a Visiting Artists Seminar, an outstanding resource which brings nationally renowned artists and critics working in a variety of media and venues to the campus for lectures, workshops, and student tutorials. This course provides access to the work and ideas of professional artists, demonstrating firsthand the interconnected network of education galleries and public art. Students are encouraged to attend the myriad artists' presentations hosted by various Tyler departments as a way of broadening and enhancing their experience.

In addition to the visiting artists invited to the campus, the surrounding community itself is rich with opportunities in the visual and performing arts. Philadelphia is home to an active, contemporary art scene that includes internationally renowned museums, commercial galleries, art centers, and residency programs. Coupled with the close proximity to New York City, our graduate students find that they have easy access to some of the most important research resources in contemporary art.

Our graduate students in Glass enjoy a high level of excellence within the student peer group based upon a very competitive selection process. The Tyler studios and facilities are well equipped and professionally maintained, and students work together as colleagues and critics. The graduate faculty is comprised of a diverse group of practicing artists with a broad range of experience in a variety of disciplines; committed educators and professional working artists, they possess active exhibition records and are recipients of numerous prestigious awards.

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  • October 02, 2015
  • 9:00am

Tyler's Annual Graduate Open House is an opportunity for prospective graduate students to tour the facilities, meet with faculty and curr...

  • November 01, 2015
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Priority deadline for Transfer applicants applying for the Spring 2016 semester. Please go to the following link for information regardin...

  • BFA in Glass

    “Glass is so exciting because the possibilities are endless,” says Program Head Sharyn O’Mara. “Everyday in our studios we work with this amazing material that has such long and rich history, but we bring it into the context of 21st century c... More More about BFA in Glass

  • MFA in Glass

    “We are looking for students who work with glass as a conceptual medium and are redefining this material in a contemporary context”, says Area Head Sharyn O’Mara. “As a result, the work is highly experimental, taking the form of objects, inst... More More about MFA in Glass

Alumni Spotlight


Nate Mell process

Nathaniel Mell is a native son of Philadelphia, PA where, in 2012, he received his BFA in Glass from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. From Tyler Nate went on to focus on Ceramics as part of the Work Exchange program at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. In 2013 Nate teamed up with Wynn Bauer (RISD, Ceramics 08’) to form Felt+Fat, a collaborative ceramic design brand based in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philly. Since formation Felt+Fat has been featured both locally and nationally in Food&Wine Magazine, Dwell, Details, Bloomburg Business, Luxe, Philly Mag, the Philadelphia Inquirer and numerous other online platforms. Individually, Nate was named one of Forbes Magazine’s ’30 Under 30’ in Art and Style in 2015 for his work with the brand. Most recently the brand won juror's award for Victory for Tyler. More

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David King Demo!

April 15, 2015

David King gave a wonderful lecture followed by an exciting demo! Megan Biddle, Jes Julius, Nate Ricciuto, Alex Rosenberg, and both Tyler

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Nate Mell (BFA Glass, 2012) and his business partner Wynn Bauer (RISD, Ceramics 08’) came together in 2013 to form Felt+Fat, a collabora

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Lino Tagliapietra Demo

April 25, 2015

Come join us to see Lino Tagliapietra demo!

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Laurie Wagman Lecture Series in Glass: David King

April 08, 2015

Please join the glass department in welcoming back David King (MFA 2011). King will be giving a lecture on his work followed by a demo in

Kristin Deady
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Philadelphia Sculpture Gym: Te(a)ch Exhibition

April 03, 2015

First Friday in April! Come check out some amazing work Philadelphia Sculpture Gym's  Te(a)ch exhibition! They have techs representing PA

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Laurie Wagman Lecture Series in Glass: Judith Schaechter

April 01, 2015

Wednesday, April 1st join the glass department in welcoming Judith Schaecter and her lecture on creativity. Schaechter has lived and work

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MFA Thesis Exhibition Kate Clements: FROUFROU

March 25, 2015

Kate Clements MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception is on Friday, March 27th from 6pm-8:30pm

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MFA Thesis Exhibition Nate Ricciuto: Examples of Opposition Effect

March 18, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, March 20, 6pm-8:30pm Hours Wednesday- Saturday 11 am - 6pm When looking in a direction directly away from the

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Amber Cowan: Chroma Revival at Heller Gallery NYC

February 12, 2015

Amber Cowan MFA 2011 will be debuting her large scale works made for her show at The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco as well

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'Shift Your Weight' Exhibition Talk Moderated by Morgan Meis

November 23, 2014

Join Vox for a gallery talk on November 23rd from 3-5pm with the November exhibiting artists Timothy Belknap, Stephanie Bursese, Kelsey H

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The Laurie Wagman Lecture Series in Glass: Mark Zirpel

October 29, 2014

  Tyler Glass welcome Mark Zirpel this Wednesday as part of the Laurie Wagman Lecture Series! Lecture at 11am in Tyler 121 with demo to

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Sam Geer comes to Tyler Glass

October 15, 2014

Last week Sam Greer, a Philadelphia based glass artist, came to Megan Biddle’s Hot Casting class to give a demo in his unique and excitin

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TBT: Ruth King!

March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: One year ago today, Ruth King was a visiting artist as part of the Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist Series. She gave an

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TBT: Jess Amarnek 2010

April 3, 2014

TBT: "Ascension"  from Jess Amarnek's solo BFA Exhibition in 2010. Cast Glass. This piece was selected for New Glass Review in 2011.

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DANIEL CUTRONE: Objects of Desire

March 27, 2014

Assistant Professor of Glass (and MFA Tyler Glass 1999) Dan Cutrone's solo exhibition Objects of Desire opens to the public at the Delawa

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Kate Clements: Emerge

March 27, 2014

Here’s a sneak peak at Kate Clement’s piece “Wall” (8’ x 8’ suspended; Bullseye Glass) in Emerge 2014 in the Bullseye Gallery in Portland


Dan Cutrone in Glass Quarterly Blog!

April 28, 2014

Tyler Glass faculty member and alum (MFA 1999) Daniel Cutrone was interviewed by Glass Quarterly Blog. Check it out!http://www.urbanglass

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This past fall Victoria Ahmadizadeh, BFA 2010 was selected as an intern for an Arts and Industry Residency at John Michael Kohler Art Center.  

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Laurie Wagman Lecture Series

As a part of the generous donation from Irvin J. Borowsky and his wife, Laurie Wagman a new visiting artists program has been created.

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