Pilchuck Glass School 


Founded in 1971, Pilchuck is an internationally recognized school that offers an in-depth education in glass and attracts artists from all over the world. The school is located fifty miles north of Seattle, Washington in the forested foothills of the Cascade Range, overlooking Puget Sound. Pilchuck’s mission is to inspire creativity, and build a thriving artistic community where all program participants–whether student, instructor, artists in residence, intern, assistant, or staff member–are transformed by their experience. The school offers comprehensive resources, a curriculum focused on combining glass with other media in innovative ways, an artist-in-residence program for professional artists in other media, and an ever-expanding international community of artists. In 2014, Pilchuck is offering courses of varying lengths from April–September as well as residences for emerging and established artists throughout the year.

Mission Statement
Pilchuck Glass School inspires creativity, transforms individuals, and builds community.
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Pilchuck Glass School
240 2nd Ave S, #100 
(206) 621-8422 

James Baker 
Executive Director 


Pilchuck Glass School Programs

The core program offered by Pilchuck consists of one- to three-week summer sessions that run from April through September. During each session, participants study different techniques and concepts related to glass. Courses are designed for people with a range of experience and skill levels. Every year, the summer program features a diverse roster of instructors and artists in residence from over 30 countries, ensuring that this educational experience presents techniques, aesthetics and philosophies from a broad range of cultures.

The Emerging Artist in Residence Program supports artists who are making a transition in their professional lives -- whether moving from college to an independent studio practice, exploring a new medium, or beginning a new body of work. The program provides artists with the most comprehensive facilities in the world for making glass, a studio in which to create bodies of work and the time to develop an idea or project in glass. As a result, artists come to the residency from around the world for research and experimentation.

This two-week residency encourages side-by-side exploration and collaboration among a group of outstanding artists. Founded in 2000, the Fellowship offers as many as six established professional artists the opportunity to create work that responds to Pilchuck’s environment and uses the school’s glassmaking facilities.  Participants are selected following a competitive application process. Criteria for their selection include artistic merit and articulation of a collaborative theme.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Recognizing the challenges of the national/international economy, Pilchuck Glass School maintains a focus on long-term priorities:  to strengthen our programs, fund capital and programmatic needs on campus and in Seattle, while building reserves and maintaining a balanced operating budget.

Pilchuck had a successful year in 2015 and is in a strong position for continued growth and development in 2016. The school served a record 344 students, increasing participation in our summer educational programs by 12% since 2012 (and 40% since 2011).  This was accomplished because Artistic Director, Tina Aufiero, has instituted staffing changes on campus to strengthen leadership and implement program expansion and facilities improvements.  Her program vision includes integrating art and design with digital technology, and presenting courses incorporating art with science, design and architecture. 

Current needs to help us realize this vision include: the addition of 3-D scanners, computers and software as well as more energy efficient annealers, furnaces and a studio to house new programs using technology.

In 2014, Pilchuck created a new Seattle office space in Pioneer Square for audiences to learn about our mission and the role of glass in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to present work by recent alumni and to offer professional development programs and public events to educate aspiring professionals and the general public, extending our reach to artists beyond the Stanwood campus.


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