Glass

Tyler Glass is ranked #2 in MFA programs by U.S. News and World Report. 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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  • Kristin Deady, Tyler MFA Alumni, Accepts Glass Education Position

    Kristin Deady, a recent graduate of the MFA glass program, has accepted the position of Glass Education Administrator at Salem Community College’s Samuel H. Jones Glas...

  • Fulfill: A Micro-Granting Meal

      Glass, Ceramics, and the Fiber & Material Studies departments have donated handmade wares to Fulfill, an event whose proceeds will be evenly distributed to three...

  • Call for Submissions! Tyler Continuing Education 2017 Summer Poster

    Tyler Continuing Education is looking for artwork submissions from the Tyler student body for our 2017 Pre-College Summer Programs Poster.  All media and styles are ...

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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

    Alumni Spotlight

    Kate Clements

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    Kate Clements is a recent graduate from the MFA glass program. Since graduating in May 2015 she has been awarded the Museum of Art and Design Residency. This program fosters dialog between artists, designers, and the public. From October through February, Kate will be one of six artists in residence working in the Artist Studios at the MAD Museum in New York City. More

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    Fulfill: A Micro-Granting Meal

    November 9, 2016

      Glass, Ceramics, and the Fiber & Material Studies departments have donated handmade wares to Fulfill, an event whose proceeds will

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    Tyler MFA Open Studios

    October 22, 2016

    The graduate students at Tyler School of Art, are participating in Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, the largest tour of artist studios and

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    Yixuan Pan at New Boone Gallery

    October 4, 2016

    Yixuan Pan (MFA '17) is a part of 3-Person Exhibition Wish List, at New Boone Gallery, Philadelphia. The curator Stephanie Price introduc

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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

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    Felt+Fat Featured on Vogue.com

    May 19, 2016

    Felt + Fat was listed among five designers on Vogue.com in an article detailing highlights from Sight Unseen 2016's Offsite Design Fair.

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    April 16, 2016

    Emma Salamon (MFA '12) is featured in this year's New Glass Review, which was just recently published! Her sculpture, Anticipated Bijoux

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    Christine Tarkowski Guest Lecturer

    April 11, 2016

    Christine Tarkowski is a Chicago based artist who works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, printed matter, photography and song

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    HUSH Panel Discussion

    March 30, 2016

    The Art Alliance will host a panel discussion this evening, Wednesday March 30, for the exhibition, HUSH, a group show featuring the work

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    Amber Cowan featured on Hi-Fructose

    March 16, 2016

    Amber Cowan was featured on the Hi-Fructose website earlier this year. This was the second write-up on Cowan on the Hi-Fructose blog and

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    Tina Aufiero Visits Tyler Glass!

    March 9, 2016

    Yesterday Tina Aufiero - Artistic Director of Pilchuck Glass School - presented an absolutely lovely lecture to Tyler Glass which focused

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    Yixuan Pan at Arc Gallery

    February 18, 2016

    Yixuan Pan (MFA '17) is a part of the juried show, A Touch of the Blues, at Arc Gallery in Chicago, IL which runs February 3-27, 2016. In

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    HUSH: Megan Biddle, Amber Cowan, Jessica Jane Julius, and Sharyn O’Mara

    January 28, 2016

    The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to present HUSH, an exhibition that brings together the work of artists Megan Biddle, Amber Cowa

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    Glass BFA senior shows!

    December 3, 2015

    Congratulations to our glass seniors putting on their solo BFA thesis exhibitions on and off campus!

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    MFA Open Studios

    November 13, 2015

    Tyler School of Art will host its fourth annual MFA Open Studios on Friday, November 13th, 2015, from 4 - 8pm.  Graduate studios will be

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    Lisa Vinebaum Artist Talk

    October 26, 2015

    Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. Her art practice incorporates performance, public and site s

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    Kim Harty comes to Tyler Glass!

    October 13, 2015

    On Monday Tyler Glass welcomed Kim Harty as part of the Laurie Wagman Lecture Series. She gave an artist talk followed by a performative

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    Ebony Patterson Artist Talk

    October 19, 2015

    Ebony Patterson's Artist Statement:

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    Curator Danny Orendorff, Guest Lecture

    October 5, 2015

    Crafts Graduate Seminar class welcomed Curator Danny Orendorff to hear about his curatorial experience, participate in a round table disc

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    The Laurie Wagman Lecture Series in Glass: Kim Harty 10/12 Bohyun Yoon 11/2

    October 12, 2015

    Tyler Glass welcome Kim Harty Monday October 12th 2015 as part of the Laurie Wagman Lecture Series!  

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    Bullseye Glass Comes to Tyler Glass

    September 25, 2015

    On Wednesday, Amy Ferber from Bullseye Glass Company came to the Tyler Glass department to share the history and current mission of Bulls

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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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    Felt+Fat Kickstarter

    April 20, 2015

    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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    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

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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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