Emerging Artists In Residence Program

Residency Dates: OCTOBER 6 - NOVEMBER 21, 2021

Applications due Friday, January 15, 2021 by 11:59 PM PST.

The Emerging-Artist-in-Residence (EAiR) Program serves promising younger artists who have had previous experience working with glass. For 2021, a small number of artists will be chosen to join the artists whose residencies have been delayed due to the Pandemic.

The EAiR Program supports artists who are making a transition in their professional lives. Whether moving from academia to a professional studio practice, taking up a new medium, or beginning a new body of work, artists find this independent residency ideal for contemplation, research, and experimentation. The program provides artists with a place and the time to develop an idea or project in glass, with the potential for realizing a new body of work. 

The residency requires a project proposal and supports kilnworking, coldworking, printmaking, and use of mixed media but not hot glassworking. The EAiR program is an independent artist’s residency, so no instruction is available and some glassmaking experience is required.

Residents have access to many Pilchuck studios, including the glass-plate printmaking (vitreography) studio; plaster studio; fusing, slumping, and casting kilns; flameworking torch; and coldworking equipment. No hot glassworking is available.

The residency requires full-time participation by all of the artists. Residents should expect to partake in communal studio clean-ups and be available to visitors, among other activities.

Included in the residency award is a stipend of US$1,000 per artist, open studio space, shared cooking facilities, and a private room in a cottage with shared bath. Materials, instruction, food, and travel reimbursement are not provided.

For more information, please contact the registrar, at registrar@pilchuck.org or 360.445.3111 ext.29

Pilchuck extends its gratitude to Chihuly Garden and Glass, National Endowment for the Arts, and generous individuals for their support of this program.





Bri Chesler is a multi-disciplinary artist currently residing in Seattle, WA. Originally trained in other mediums, her work tends to be primarily in glass and mixed media. In her work, Chesler aims to capture the visceral experience of our carnal nature as freakishly alien and indifferent. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute, where a strong interest in transparency and molten media lead her to explore glass. In 2012, Bri attended Pilchuck Glass School and was introduced to flameworking in a course with Matt Escuche. Enchanted by the material, she continued to seek the opportunity to learn how to blow glass in the hot shop, returning to Pilchuck in 2015 to attend Niko Dimitrijevic’s introduction to glassblowing course. Chesler currently designs and creates glass work for various studios in Seattle and was recently featured in Bellevue Arts Museum’s Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic exhibition.


Katherine R. Clements’ work engages stages of the adaptation of ‘fashions.’ How taste, even ‘bad taste’ can be celebrated in aristocratic society, but once mimicked by a different social sphere it can become kitsch and regarded as ‘aesthetic slumming.’ Clements received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO and MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been featured in various exhibitions, most recently in The Uncommon Apron, a group exhibition at Peters Valley School of the Arts in Millersville, PA, and in her own solo exhibition SHADOWLANDS at Ken Saunders Gallery in Chicago, IL.



Gracia Nash is a glass, performance, and multi-media artist based out of Rochester, New York. She graduated from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2014 with a BFA and a minor in Education with honors. She recently completed an MFA in Glass from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Crafts, exploring the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities of glass, while maintaining a sense of play and appreciation for material process. Her work explores the body, identity, and perception, and has been shown internationally in Japan and Norway, as well as in the United States.


Patricia Sichmanova is an emerging glass artist from Slovakia based in Bergen, Norway. In 2017, she graduated with a master degree from the AFAD in Bratislava, Slovakia with the highest honors. Her diploma project won third place in an international exhibition of glass art graduates Stanislav Libensky Award. During my 6-year studies of glass art I undertook several foreign exchanges and participated in symposiums in Norway, Finland, and other countries. But for me the most important was the last year when I was granted a position as an intern at S12 Galleri og Verksted in Bergen which later got prolonged and where I currently work as an artist, workshop and gallery assistant. 



A Virginia native, Heather Sutherland recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an MFA in Glass. Her body of work combines glass and various materials and language to depict concepts of gender, commodity, luxury, and labor. She has worked with institutions including Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, Tidewater Community College, Pilchuck Glass School, among others, and taught a few summer courses at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In 2018, she was selected as a fellow for the Creative Glass Center of America with WheatonArts.



Karlyn Sutherland graduated with a practice-based Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in 2014; her research examines the dialogue between the haptic, hands-on acts of making and the human sense of place and attachment. She began working in glass in 2009 when her exploration of these topics led to her enrollment in a master class at North Lands Creative Glass in her hometown of Lybster (Caithness, Scotland). She exhibits internationally, with her work playing a critical role in the development of her academic research, and vice-versa. She was a 2016 Endeavour Research Fellow in the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University, Canberra, and in 2017 was named by Corning Museum of Glass as the recipient of the 32nd Rakow Commission. Most recently Karlyn was Artist in Residence at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Japan.