Summer Workshops

Summer Workshops

TGS is excited to host our second Summer Program in 2022. Our goal is to enrich our community by creating greater access to craft learning in the region by bringing internationally recognized artists to teach one week intensive workshops. Make the most of your summer in 2022 and come take a class at TGS.


Residency Program

This residency program invites the instructors who are teaching workshops at TGS to continue working in our studio for an additional three days following their workshop. Instructors are given full access to the studio and help from the TGS staff to create work and to continue the creative atmosphere by sharing their professional practice with the community. Students of the workshop are welcome to stay in Tulsa following their workshop and continue to learn by watching their instructor continue to work in a professional environment. 


2022 Summer Program

Session 1
Rob Stern

Artist Residency: June 4 - 5
Workshop: June 6 - 11

Sculpture- Hot and cold
This survey of techniques will sharpen your skillset and awareness of how to design and create glass sculpture hot/cold. Concept development, source material, tool making, as well as traditional and inventive demos will provide inspiration and confidence to execute ideas for a new direction in your approach.

All Levels


Artist bio
Rob Stern began his career in glass in 1988 at San Francisco State University and continued his studies at the University of Miami where he obtained an MFA in Glass- Sculpture. From 1989 – 94, Rob worked and designed for the industrial glass casting studio of John Lewis Glass in Oakland, CA. Rob has returned to Pilchuck annually since 1989 and has been a gaffer four times. In 1992, he developed an apprenticeship with Czech glass master Petr Novotny and in 1994 moved to the Czech Republic to work in Petrs’ Ajeto factory where he developed numerous special projects. Rob has been an invited artist at the tri-annual International Glass Symposiums in Novy Bor, Czech Rep. in 2003, 2006, 2009.


From 1997-2003 Rob taught the glass program at the University of Miami. Rob has also been a visiting artist and led workshops at institutions around the world including Penland School of Crafts, Urban Glass, Frauenau, Germany, and The Glass Furnace Istanbul, Turkey.  In 2003 he established Rob Stern Art Glass Inc. where he and his team execute commissions and architectural projects.  To date, Rob’s work has been exhibited and collected in The Americas, Europe , and Asia.  Rob was recently a visiting professor at The University of Texas Arlington.

Session 2
Dave Walters

Workshop: July 10 - 16
Artist Residency: July  17 - 19

Exploring closed form vessels with an introduction to enamels
This workshop will focus on the blown vessel as a means to achieve sculptural form. We will concentrate our efforts toward thinking of ways to overcome some of the technical hurdles we face in the hot shop and to try to find opportunity in apparent calamity. We’ll discuss the things that drew us to glass and those things that we are interested in making now. Come with drawings and be ready to discuss what you’d like to make. I will also introduce you to the process I use to apply imagery to glass with enamel. The degree to which we do this will be time related and based on class enthusiasm for it.


Artist bio
David Walters was born and grew up in central Pennsylvania and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. Upon graduation he moved to Seattle Washington to work for Dale Chihuly , Dante Marioni, Benjamin Moore Inc Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick and many many others. He began a primary working relationship with the maestro Lino Tagliapietra in 1994 and has traveled, taught and worked with Lino all over the world until his recent retirement. David has conducted workshops of his own around the US, Canada, Japan and Australia. He is represented by the William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA and Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge MA. He is in the collection of several museums and many distinguished private collections.  He continues his practice in Seattle presently.

Session 3
Brian Corr

Workshop: Aug 1 - 6
Artist Residency: Aug  7 - 11

Designing for Your Ideal Environment

Students in this course will expand their technical vocabulary while refining their personal aesthetic. Working from the perspective of designing for oneself rather than the client, students will consider the ideal environments they envision their work being housed in. Daily demonstrations addressing technique, body mechanics, form, color and pattern application will underpin the studio-based dimensions of the course, while ongoing class discussions will help students to consider their future goals while informing the design of new work. 


Artist bio
Brian is currently an Assistant Professor at Hastings College in Nebraska. He was awarded a PhD from the Australian National University in 2018. His research examined the aesthetic and philosophical elements of contemplative space in Japanese architecture. His work is held in numerous public and private collections throughout the world, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Denver Art Museum, and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Brian is also a skilled glassblower with over twenty-five years of experience. He has taught extensively at schools including the prestigious Toyama Institute of Glass Art the Corning Museum of Glass, the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck Glass School, the JamFactory, Namseoul University, Sydney College of the Arts, and the Australian National University.