Glass

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Glass program is a leading center of interdisciplinary thought and practice with unmatched facilities and equipment.

Glass students at Tyler join a welcoming, high-energy community of artists and educators who work in expansive studios that provide opportunities to learn the full range of glass processes: glassblowing, hot-casting, kiln-casting, flame-working, performance and more. In addition to traditional and innovative techniques, students learn how to think critically and solve problems—all while taking full advantage of the school’s location in Philadelphia, a vibrant art center with a strong glass art tradition and the resources to grow creative practices and businesses.

Facilities

  • 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility devoted solely to glass
  • A hot shop with two 530-pound day tanks; four benches; four glory holes; 10 dedicated annealers; 730-pound casting furnace with six annealers, including a car kiln; and four flame-working stations
  • A cold shop with the latest Czech and Merker lathes
  • A kiln room with 16 kilns for slumping, fusing and kiln-casting and a one-ton crane for large molds
  • Large, dedicated studio for undergraduate Glass majors, critique room and smart classroom

Visiting artists and lecturers
The Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist and Artist-in-Residence Series in Glass and other visiting artist programs bring leading national and international artists to enrich the Tyler Glass experience and join MFA students for one-on-one time in their studios. Past recipients include James Carpenter, Doreen Garner, Beth Lipman and Judith Schaecter.

 

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News

  • 2022 Diploma Project Unveiled at Commencement

    Tyler’s 2022 “Diploma Project,” a special gift to the graduating class made by a distinguished alum, is a one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass owl decanter to celebrate the...

  • In Profile: Theo Brooks, Glass Tech

    Studio technicians have a special role at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, keeping the maker spaces well equipped, well stocked with materials, and up to code...

  • Tyler Glass Program Hosts "Disclosure: The Whiteness of Glass"

    This week, the Glass program at Tyler School of Art and Architecture will host the artist collective Related Tactics to facilitate the making of work for their project...

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    • MFA in Glass

      The MFA experience at Tyler Glass is defined by a commitment to cultivating each graduate student’s unique voice, with glass as only one of many modes of expression. Students explore the intersections of glass, sculpture, installation, video,... More More about MFA in Glass

    Alumni Spotlight

    Yixuan Pan (MFA '17)

    Yixuan Pan (MFA '17) translates language through various devices: poetry, swimming pool, lollipops, soap bubbles, music therapy, glass shards, escorted situations, love letter, or whatever. By dislocating language from its context and form, she questions the words/sentences people learn and unlearn, specifically on its comfort, temperature, power, transparency, and hierarchy. She also received Tyler's Laurie Wagman Prize—a prestigious award given to just one graduating student in the school's Glass Program each year. More