Summer Sessions at Pilchuck Glass School

Attend workshops with support from Norwegian Crafts. Deadline: 1 February 2019

Norwegian Crafts offers one scholarship to a Norwegian artist to attend the summer sessions at Pilchuck Glass School every year.

GRANTS AVAILABLE: 1
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1 February 2019

Norwegian Crafts supports Pilchuck financially and is guaranteed one Norwegian participant annually.

Applications should be made directly to Pilchuck, who is in charge of the selection process.
For more information on the program, and how to apply, click here.

The deadline for all applications for the Norwegian scholarship at Pilchuck is February 1 2018 (Midnight PST). There is only 1 scholarship reserved for a Norwegian citizen for the summer sessions, but Pilchuck offer other types of scholarships as well, listed here.

The Norwegian Crafts' scholarship is set to US$3000 and should cover two weeks tuition, room, board, and utility fees for the selected Fellow. The Fellow selected by Pilchuck will have a free choice of either a two or three week session at the school, but any additional fees relating to an extended stay will have to be covered through additional funding secured by the artist. If you are selected you are also eligible for a travel grant of 5000 NOK from the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (Norske Kunsthåndverkere)

APPLY HERE.

2019 SUMMER SESSIONS

In 2019, Pilchuck Glass School will be offering five Summer Sessions. Summer Sessions offer approx. one- to three-week courses, while Fall Sessions offer a one-week equally immersive experience. Instructors and Artists in Residence (AiRs) have been selected for their distinctive relationship to the session’s keyword and the themes act as a campus wide parameter, outlining the focus of each course and providing a collective springboard for thoughtful interpretation and the creation of pieces infused with content.

Courses offer a wide range of learning and skill levels in dynamic and immersive sessions. This summer, Material Matters, Classical Inquiry, Natural History, Pop Investigations, and Sign + Signifier will structure the focus of their respective sessions, as well as providing pathways to creation and discovery during the Summer Program.

The concepts that rise from the exploration of course themes will be realized with hot and cold glass in areas such as glassblowing, hot-glass sculpting, sand- and kiln-casting, fusing, neon, painting, flame working, printmaking, mixed-media sculpture, engraving, 3D modeling, printing and electronics.

Pilchuck’s Hotshop, Annex, Studio Building, Printshop, Flatshop, BotLab, and Woods and Metal Studio are staffed by experienced coordinators to facilitate an almost limitless exploration of the material.

The courses offered this summer and fall offer a wide range of learning, skill levels, and methods

SESSION 1: MEDIUM MATTERS, June 7-14
ANTOINE PIERINI: Installations
SCOTT BENEFIELD: E Pluribus: Constructing the Bubble
FRED KAHL: Do Androids Dream of CNC Paths?
ANDREA SPENCER: Natural Transformations
EMILY ENDO & MICHAEL ENDO: Immaterial: Scent & Hollow-Cast Forms
DAVID SCHNUCKEL: Glassography 2

Artist in Residence: Dawn Cerny
Gaffers: Jason Christian, Daryl Smith

SESSION 2: CLASSICAL INQUIRY, June 18-29
BENJAMIN COBB & NADÈGE DESGENÉTEZ: Dissolving Boundaries
BRANDYN CALLAHAN & PHIRAK SUON: Lingua Franca
SARAH GILBERT & JAROSLAV ŠÁRA: Carving Illusions
EMILIO SANTINI: Venetian Flameworking | From Solid to Hollow
SILVIA LEVENSON: Making Ideas Visible
DIANE WRIGHT: Ancient to Modern | Explorations in the History of Glass

Artist in Residence: Shari Mendelson
Gaffers: Jack Gramann, Shahid Kahn

SESSION 3: NATURAL HISTORY, July 6-23
JASEN JOHNSEN & KAREN WILLENBRINK-JOHNSEN: Advanced Sculpting in Glass
VICTORIA BRADBURY & MARK HURSTY: The Glass Electric
BRUNO V. ANDRUS: Experiential Archaeology
JANIS MILTENBERGER: Out of the Box
RUBY DORCHESTER & HANNAH SMITH: Investing in the Multiple

Artist in Residence: Doug Jeck
Gaffers: Jen Elek, Chris Stenzel

SESSION 4: POP INVESTIGATIONS, July 27 - August 13
KAZUKI TAKIZAWA: Working with the Current
CHÉ RHODES: Idiosyncratic Investigations
CARMEN MONTOYA & ANJALI SRINIVASAN: Glass as Social Practice: Environmentalism
RANJIT BHATNAGAR & SARAH BLOOD: Neon for Installation & Mind Control
GLENN CARTER: Stained Glass Assemblage
BEN BERES: Vitreography & the Multiple

Artist in Residence: Cannupa Hanksa Luger
Gaffers: Austin Stern, Sasha Tepper-Stewart

SESSION 5: SIGN + SIGNIFIER, August 17-28
AYA OKI: Signatures in Glass
ANDREA DEZSÖ & DANTE MARIONI: Quest for the Graal
JOE GRANT: Pushing, Folding, Blowing & Molding
KENTARO YANAGI: Kinetic Play
ÆSA BJÖRK + HELENA KÅGEBRAND: Manifesting Surfaces

Artist in Residence: Natalie Ball
Gaffers: Alix Cannon, Madeline Prowd

See the full course catalogue for Pilchuck 2019 here.

Courses range in level from introductory to advanced. Each course description notes a level of experience required. Course levels are listed with each course description

  • Introductory: 0–1 years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed
  • Intermediate: 2–4 years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed
  • Advanced: 5+ years frequent practice in the technique(s) listed
  • All Levels: Encompasses all of the above; all are welcome

About Pilchuck

(from Pilchuck's website) 

Pilchuck Glass School is an international center for glass art education. Our serene campus in Stanwood, Washington, is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade mountains on a former tree farm.

From May through September every year, Pilchuck's summer program offers a series of courses as well as residencies for established artists in all media. Summer sessions vary in length and offer five concurrent courses in a variety of glassworking processes for artists of all skill levels. Small classes taught by world-renowned artists and instructors emphasize experimentation and teamwork while fostering individual initiative and expression.

Pilchuck also offers residencies for both emerging and established artists during the Fall and Spring.

New and experienced artists alike often make tremendous conceptual and artistic progress in their short time at Pilchuck. Combining a deep focus on glass, access to a variety of resources, a picturesque Pacific Northwest setting, and an ever-expanding international community of artists, Pilchuck has become the most comprehensive educational center in the world for glass artists.

Grant Recipients

2018: Alice Lebourg

2017: Jeanne Sophie Aas

2016: Ida Christel Siebke 

2014: Eirin Bjørsland Hansen