Summer Sessions at Pilchuck Glass School

Attend workshops at Pilchuck School of Glass with support from Norwegian Crafts

The application deadline for 2022 has passed

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

Applications should be made to Norwegian Crafts. For more information on the program, click here.

The Norwegian Craft' 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 in collaboration with Norwegian Crafts 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).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11 March 2022 (11:59 PM UD Pacific time)

The deadline for all applications for the Norwegian scholarship at Pilchuck is 11 MARCH 2022. 1 scholarship is provided for a Norwegian or Norway-based artist for the summer sessions. Other scholarships offered by Pilchuck are listed here.


Since the summer of 1971, artists and instructors from around the world have converged on campus to exchange ideas and push the boundaries of glass as a creative material.

Pilchuck’s annual SUMMER + FALL SESSIONS range from one to three weeks and offer a wide range of learning for artists of all skill levels. 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 materials.

NOTE: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for participation in Pilchuck's 2022 programming. Read more.

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

See the Summer Session catalogue with information on dates, different sessions and instructors.

Your application

Your application should be made using the Pilchuck Summer-Fall Sessions Application Form, and should contain:

  1. Course Selection: We recommend you provide five (5) course choices to ensure placement in a course. Please select your choices in order of preference from the list here. Before making a course selection, please be sure that your personal experience level fits the level of the course.
  2. A one-two-page proposal: There is an approximate 500 word limit. In the proposal, tell us about your craft, where you make, what inspires you, who inspires you.Your interest in studying with each of the instructors you have selected. What elements of your participation do you anticipate will/could evolve your art practice. Your previous experience from working with glass.
    Your application could also be filmed instead of written if you prefer.
  3. Five media to be included in the application: Include title of artwork, materials, size and year made in the file name. If this is in video format please link within the PDF.

All parts of the application should be submitted within a single PDF file in English, no larger than 2MB – links to videos are accepted within the pdf document. Please title your PDF with “your last name_first name–Portfolio".

How to submit your application

Application deadline: 11 March 2022

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 25 March 2022.

How participants are selected

Norwegian Crafts' director and an external crafts professional will shortlist the applications. Shortlisting will be anonymized to mitigate against any unconscious bias.

The basis of the jury’s decision will be based on the artist’s ability to show:

  • growth potential from the session
  • your interest in studying with each of the instructors you have selected

Norwegian Crafts will notify the selected participant by 25 March 2022. The selected participant will then send off their information directly to Pilchuck in order to confirm their place.

Glass artist Jeanne-Sophie Aas attended the summer program at Pilchuck in August 2017 with support from Norwegian Crafts
Work created at Pilchuck by Jeanne-Sophie Aas

«I managed to reach new perspectives in my work and found new artistic insight that will follow me in future artworks. It was an amazing and enriching experience!»

Jeanne-Sophie Aas, Pilchuck Summer Programme 2017​​

About Pilchuck

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.

For questions about the residencies, please contact Leah Svalastoga Kahn, Market Development Officer at Norwegian Crafts:

Previous grant Recipients

2022/23: Anne Guro Larsmon
2019: Mette Paalgard
2018: Alice Lebourg
2017: Jeanne Sophie Aas
2016: Ida Christel Siebke
2014: Eirin Bjørsland Hansen