Pilchuck Glass School
address: 1201 316th Street NW
ZIP: WA 98292-9600
430 Yale Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Founded in 1971 by glass artist Dale Chihuly and patrons Anne Gould Hauberg and John H. Hauberg, Pilchuck Glass School has been a primary force in the evolution of glass as a means of artistic expression. By creating an environment with a singular focus on glass, access to resources, and an ever-expanding international community of artists, Pilchuck has become the largest, most comprehensive educational center in the world for artists working in glass.
Pilchuck’s artistic and educational programs take place on a serene fifty-four-acre wooded campus fifty miles north of Seattle. This setting in the foothills of the Cascade mountains overlooking Puget Sound provides isolation from the influence of commerce and urban centers and allows artists to focus on art. The campus features two hot-glass shops, a studio building, kiln shop, coldworking studio, flat shop for neon and flameworking, wood and metal shops, and a glass-plate printmaking studio. These facilities offer a comprehensive array of workspaces with a broad range of equipment for glass art production. Other facilities include a lodge that houses a lecture area, library, kitchen, and dining room. An administrative building contains office spaces and a gallery with exhibitions of work by faculty and staff throughout the sessions so students can better understand the creativity and talent of their teachers and those who make the school work. Nestled into the wooded hillsides are numerous residential buildings for faculty, artists in residence, students, and staff. There are miles of trails through beautiful Pacific Northwest forests that provide opportunities for exercise and peaceful contemplation.
Over the past thirty years, thousands of artists from across the nation and around the world have come to Pilchuck to teach, to test new ideas, to learn, and to expand their artistic and creative horizons in the company of others who share a passion for art while coming at it with diverse perspectives and artistic modes. Every year, from May through August, Pilchuck offers twenty-five intensive residential sessions. Five classes run concurrently through each of the five consecutive, two-and-one-half-week sessions. Classes are limited to ten students and offer a concentrated inquiry into techniques and aesthetic ideologies. Students work in hot and cold glass techniques including glassblowing, casting, fusing, neon, stained glass, painted glass, flameworking, mixed-media sculpture and engraving.
Courses emphasize experimentation and teamwork while fostering individual initiative and expression. Instructors include leading international and American glass artists and university faculty members. Individual classes vary in topic, style, and experience. Slide shows, discussions and demonstrations occur daily and are open to everyone on campus, providing stimulating opportunities for dialogue and exchange across disciplines and cultures. Surrounded by a community of great talent and creativity, both new and experienced artists make tremendous conceptual and artistic progress in a very short period of time. These experiences often become the impetus for new directions of artistic exploration for years to come.
During the summer sessions, five separate artist residencies bring accomplished visual artists in all media to contribute to the artistic richness of the Pilchuck experience. Generally, the artists in residence are known for their work outside the field of glass art, but some are international masters of glass.
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