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, and kiln working. As a junior and senior glass majors, 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, Tyler School of Art's active visiting artist program provides the undergraduate student with numerous opportunities to experience the work of a wide variety of professional artists.

The Ceramics and Glass Program has arranged scholarships at the Pilchuck Glass School of Craft and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding majors in the Ceramics and Glass Program.

The Glass Program has an exchange program with West Surrey in Great Britain. In addition, you may elect to enroll in the Summer Art Workshop in Scotland program.

The graduate program in Glass seeks students with a strong undergraduate background within the traditions of either discipline. 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.

Upcoming Events


  • Dan Cutrone in Glass Quarterly Blog!

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

  • Alumni Update: DOREEN GARNER BFA Glass 2009

    Tyler Glass Alum Doreen Garner has been accepted at Skowhegan! Currently, she is in the final stretch of her MFA in Glass at RISD and will graduate in June. Then, she'...

  • SARAH MICHALIK (MFA Glass 2013)

    SOLO-EXHIBITION “Topography in Flux; Navigating Perpetual Landscapes” at The Works in Newark, Ohio, where she is Artist-in-Residence. Exhibition Opening and Artist Rec...

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    • 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

    Amber Cowan

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    Amber Cowan is an artist and educator working out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Amber first started working with glass at Salisbury University in Maryland where she received her BFA in 3-Dimensional Design with a concentration in glass. In 2011 Amber received her MFA in Glass from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Before returning to graduate school she lived in New York City for many years where she worked as an instructor of glassblowing and flamework at One Sixty Glass and Urban Glass in Brooklyn. She has taught alongside and been the teaching assistant to many prolific artists including Paul J. Stankard, Gianni Toso, Michiko Sakano, and Lucio Bubacco. Amber Cowan recently returned from Australia where she was the 2012 International Procter Fellow at The Australian National University.  Additionally, last summer she was invited as one of three resident artists selected nationally for the Toledo Workshop Revisited Residency at The Toledo Museum. She exhibited at SOFA Chicago and is represented by Heller Gallery in New York. Her first solo exhibition at Heller,  “Reconstructions”, opens in March 2013. More

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    Featured Alumni

    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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    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


    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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    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


    SARAH MICHALIK (MFA Glass 2013)

    March 29, 2014

    SOLO-EXHIBITION “Topography in Flux; Navigating Perpetual Landscapes” at The Works in Newark, Ohio, where she is Artist-in-Residence. Exh



    March 31, 2014

    Don't miss Wes Valdez' MFA Thesis Exhibition at Temple Contemporary/Tyler School of Art April 9-12th! OPENING RECEPTION Friday, April 11t

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    Student Achievements

    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.


    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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