Glass

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.

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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

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  • 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

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DAVID KING

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Living in Richmond, Virginia, David King (MFA 2011)  makes objects, installations, and drawings that blur categorization while addressing the transiency of human perception. After earning an MFA from Tyler School of Art, King presented at the 42nd Annual Glass Art Society Conference in Toledo, Ohio, and was awarded a fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts, in Millville, New Jersey. His work is represented in New Glass Review 32, 34 and 35. More

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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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Teaching Artist Symposium

April 09, 2015

Are you someone considering teaching in community settings as a way to sustain your creative life? Presented by the Art Education and Com

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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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Digital Consequences—Reflections on the Creative and Experimental Use of Technology in Art

September 30, 2014

The Art & Technology Group is pleased to announce the upcoming event Digital Consequences—Reflections on the Creative and Experimenta

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Kate Clements : CHARADE opening at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

January 29, 2015

Kate Clements (2nd year MFA Glass) solo show opens tonight at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. In her work Kate Clements explores the ambig

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Amber Cowan featured on Daily Serving

December 1, 2014

Tyler Glass MFA (2011) and faculty member Amber Cowan's exhibiton Second-Life Glass is featured on blog Daily Serving: http://dailyservin

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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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Annual Graduate Open House

October 10, 2014

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

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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

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Wexler Gallery FLUX: Four Artists Redefining Glass

October 03, 2014

FLUX: Four Artists Redefining Glass will investigate the resonating voice of glass in the artistic landscape. By showcasing a variety of

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Art Market at Tyler

October 10, 2014

  Friday, October 10th (12 - 7 p.m.) & Saturday, October 11th (12 - 5 p.m.) Shop handmade goods. See demonstrations. Make somet

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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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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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