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COME JOIN THE FUN!

Grand Glass Arts (GGA) welcomes new Members WHO ARE RESIDENTS (Owners or Renters) or NON-RESIDENT Owners of The Grand, Surprise, AZ (formally Sun City Grand) and have a valid CAM card!

Whether you aspire to make a beautiful stained-glass window for your home, design a mosaic masterpiece or enjoy creating a one-of-a-kind fused glass piece, GGA encourages you to explore the world of glass arts in our extensively equipped Studio.  You'll find our 300+ Members friendly, helpful and willing to share ideas and techniques.

This page will provide:

  • Our New Member Class dates
  • The benefits of being a Member of GGA
  • Our Member volunteer service requirements
  • Our education program for New Members
  • Our Membership Dues and New Member education costs
  • How to submit your application for Membership
  • Some brief information on the costs of glass art work

Please make sure to read all of this page before submitting your application.


NEW MEMBER CLASS DATES

GGA normally runs New member Classes from October through April.  Our currently scheduled New Member Classes are shown below.  If there are no spots available for a class, then CLASS IS FULL will appear in the class title. 



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FORMER GGA MEMBER

If you are a former GGA Member, please email your name and phone number to NewMemberContact@GrandGlassArts.com and our New Member Coordinator will contact you to discuss the re-entry process.
  




BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

We offer our Members a wide array of glass activities and benefits, all for a low annual Membership Dues.

  • The Studio is open 7 days a week from 5 AM to 10 PM for project work.  Note:  Per The Grand rules, there must be 2 Members present to work in the Studio.
  • Our robust educational program offers beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in various fusing techniques (including jewelry), mosaics and stained-glass (foil & solder, came, boxes, etc.) all taught by experienced Members for fees well below other glass studios in the area.
  • We have many power and hand tools, cutting boards, stained-glass tools and supplies available for Members to use.
  • We have Social Events throughout the year and an annual Tag Sale where Members can buy or sell glass and other glass supplies and tools.
  • We have several consignment/commission sales opportunities including in-Studio sales, monthly Farmer's Markets and the fall and spring Art Festivals.
  • Pattern making services and a large pattern library.
  • A Club Store where you can purchase glass supplies and tools.
  • Our Website offers the capability of placing classified ads where you can buy/sell/trade glass, supplies and tools to other Members
  • The Studio has project storage space - subject to availability.
  • You will have access to our Club Website with information on GGA functions, classes, the weekly newsletter, Studio reservations, glass suppliers and much more.
  • 10% discount at a local glass supplier (subject to change by the supplier)
Karen Gioia, Patti Chambers and Kris Koch Examining a Lead Window_



ABOUT GGA AND VOLUNTEER SERVICE

GGA, like all Clubs in The Grand, is run by its Members.  Maintaining the Club Store, tools, and various functions within the Studio; teaching classes; running events; monitoring at the Studio front desk; and all administrative functions (Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and Committee members) are done by our Members who volunteer their time.

All Members of GGA are required to perform volunteer service during the year.  We require each Member to earn at least four (4) Service Credits annually.  One credit is equal to about 3 1/2 hours of volunteer work.  Each Member has a Service Credit Bank and as credits are earned, they are added to the Bank.  Each quarter (1/1, 4/1/ 7/1 and 10/1) we deduct one credit from each Member's Bank.

To use the Studio or other Club amenities or participate in Club functions, a Member must maintain his or her status as a Member in Good Standing.  This means a Member's Service Credit Bank must be zero (0) or higher.  A Member whose bank falls into a negative number is considered a Member NOT in Good Standing and cannot use Club amenities or participate in events until the Bank is brought back to at least zero (0).

 

Volunteer Hands



BECOMING A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING

Once you submit your application, pay your Membership Dues and complete our New Member Class, you will become a Member in Good Standing and earn one (1) Service Credit.  You'll be paired with a Mentor and within 30 days of taking the New Member Class, you must complete one Monitoring of the Studio Front Desk session and you will earn your 2nd Service Credit.

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New members with no or limited glass arts experience

If you have limited or no glass arts experience, you are required to complete a 2-day New Member Class.  These classes are held on the second weekend of a month from October through April.

Part one of the Class is a 1/2-day GGA Club Overview presented by Officers and Chairpersons which includes an introduction to the amenities of the Club, Member responsibilities, overview of our Education Program and a tour of the Studio.

Part two of the Class is 1 1/2 days of glass skills training including safely working with glass, cutting glass, using glass tools, including a grinder, and using a pattern, all while making a small fused glass project.  The price of the class includes all glass and tools needed so you just need to come with a pen and paper.

Following the New Member Class, you will then be eligible to take one or more of our beginning series of classes to learn fusing, stained glass and/or mosaics.  These classes, like the New Member Class, include all the glass and tools you need to complete a project.  They are held the 3rd or 4th week of the Month, October through April. 

Pease Note:  Unlike the New Member Classes which are held on weekends, our beginning classes sessions are held on weekdays and run either 9-12 or 1-4.  There are 3 sessions to each class.




NEW MEMBERS WITH GLASS ARTS EXPERIENCE

If you are an experienced glass artist in fusing or stained glass, there is a different process to join GGA.  First, you will meet with one of our experienced artists who will assess your skills.  If you have the necessary skills, you will just need to take the 1/2-day Club Overview Class and pay the Membership Dues.  This class is scheduled on an as needed basis.

Following the class, you'll be given one (1) Service Credit.  You will then be a Member in Good Standing and can begin working in the Studio.  Then within 30 days of taking the class, you must complete one Monitoring of the Front Desk session with a Mentor and you will earn your 2nd Service Credit.

When submitting your application to join GGA, please briefly describe your experience in the Comment Box provided on the application.  Our New Member Coordinator will contact you to discuss your experience and your availability for a skills assessment session.




FEES, COSTS AND PAYMENT METHOD

Our annual dues are currently $35 per calendar year payable in January of each year.

For new Members, the annual dues are based on when you take the New Member or Club Overview Class as follows:

  • If you take the Class in October or November, the dues are $20 for the balance of the year.
  • If you take the Class in December, the dues are $35 for the following year.  Basically, December is free.
  • If you take the Class in January through September, the dues are $35.
The cost for the 2-day New Member Class is currently $65.  Experienced Glass Artists pay $20 for the 1/2-day Club Overview Class.  Our Beginning Fusing, Beginning Foil & Solder and Beginning Mosaic classes are currently $75 each (class fees are subject to change in 2023 due to the rising cost of glass and supplies).

All membership and class registration transactions are handled through our Website.  Payments for membership dues, class registrations and Club Store purchases are paid electronically through our Website.

 




BECOMING A NEW MEMBER

Due to the popularity of GGA and the availability of our New Member Classes, becoming a Member of GGA can take several months.  Our New Member Classes fill up quickly and we maintain a Wait List for these classes.  If you are a part-time resident of The Grand, you will need to apply well in advance of you coming for the season.

To become a Member of GGA, please review the process described below.

You will click on the button below that says JOIN US NOW (Please read through the information below before clicking on the button).

You will be taken through a series of questions and will fill out your contact and other information.  The process should take no more than five (5) minutes.

You'll be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of $20.  This will be applied to your Membership Dues for the year in which you take the New Member/Club Overview Class as follows:

  • If you take the class in October or November, you will just pay the class fee of $65 when you register for the class.  This is because the pro-rated dues are $20 which you will have already paid.
  • If you take the class In December through September, you will pay an additional $15 at the time you register for the class which is the balance of your annual Membership dues plus $65 for the class.

Once you submit your application and pay the $20 deposit, you will receive two confirmation emails, one from our New Member Coordinator with details on reserving a spot in one of the New Member Classes, and a second that is a payment confirmation.

Please be sure your email account is set to accept emails from NewMemberContact@GrandGlassArts.com or, check your spam folder.  If you do not receive these emails, please email NewMemberContact@GrandGlassArts.com.

If you are an experienced glass artist, the New Member Coordinator will contact you to discuss your experience and  when you are available for a skills assessment session.

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New Members



COSTS INVOLVED IN GLASS ARTS

Once you take the New Member Class and one or more of the Beginning classes, you will purchase your own glass, glass supplies and tools.  Expect to pay between $60 - $75 for the basic tools (cutter, breakers, grinder bit).  Stained glass tools and supplies will be another $100 - $150.

There are a few glass suppliers in the area and a number of on-line vendors.  A 12 x 12 sheet of art glass for use in stained glass or mosaic work can range from $8 to $20 for basic colors.  A 12 x 12 sheet of glass for fusing can range from $10 - $25 for basic colors.





Visit Us

Sun City Grand's Village Center
Grand Glass Arts Building
[next to Adobe]
19751 N Remington Drive
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: (623) 214-6723

Public Hours Sept-May:

9 AM - 4:00 PM Everyday
Public Hours June-August:
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Everyday
Members Hours: 
5 AM - 10 PM Daily

cONTACT US

Please click the link below to contact:
Club Secretary
Education Chair
Membership Chair
New Member Contact

Contact Us

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