COVID-19: Health and Safety Updates

This page is intended to keep our community informed and address the concerns around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which is being closely monitored by our leadership team at Pilchuck Glass School. At the core of Pilchuck is a strong and thriving global glass community, for which we seek to serve in the most responsible way. Our thoughts are with all those who are being most impacted at this time.

June 26, 2020 | 1:30 PM, PST

What does a year without Pilchuck programming look like? This has felt like an impossible question, and one we never hoped we’d have to answer. These past few months have been spent planning our reopening strategy, making strides in our approach to ensure a safe campus atmosphere, and readying Pilchuck to welcome all of you back. Because serving our community is at the heart of every decision we make, we wanted to give ourselves the time required to do our due diligence as we assess reopening.
In recognizing the current landscape of this pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel our remaining summer and fall programs, outreach programs, and residencies. However, with this sad announcement, comes a bit of happy news. We are happy to share that the anonymous donor who gave so generously to artists affected by earlier cancellations, has graciously extended their gift.
Because of this generous gift, we will once again be able to meet the obligations for our teaching artists while also sending a modest payment to include all the other artists who had been engaged to help us deliver our summer and fall programming. We are committed to rescheduling all of our residencies and outreach programs to a time next year when we are confident it will be safe to do so and will be working to reintegrate teachers into the program in the years to come.
Though we won’t get to convene at campus this year, we are thrilled that when we do gather again in 2021, it will be a joyous celebration of Pilchuck’s 50th Anniversary. Next year marks this incredible milestone in Pilchuck Glass School’s history and we are eagerly looking forward to inviting all of you to campus for this all-out celebration!
During this season’s closure our team will be dedicating time to work on critical campus improvement projects, planning for a creative take on our annual auction in October, strengthening our partnerships, and preparing for an exciting year ahead in 2021. Please stay tuned for updates and announcements!
Thank you for keeping Pilchuck in your heart and for your incredible support as we navigated these difficult decisions.

-Team Pilchuck

See the original email message here.


Contacting Pilchuck Staff:

As we are following the guidance of our local government officials and public health entities, the Pilchuck staff is currently working from home until further notice. Therefore, email is the best and only way to contact our team at this time. We apologize for any delay in our response.


Updates will be added to this page regularly and as needed. 


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March 11, 2020 | 9:00 AM, PST

We are monitoring the story as it evolves and are following the recommendations set forth by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Public Health Seattle & King County, and Snohomish Health District. As we institute proactive measures, we are also following the guidance of our local government officials and public health entities to help ensure the safety of our staff, program participants, and event attendees.
This summer, we continue to look forward to inviting students and instructors from around the world to carry on Pilchuck’s long history of artistic exchange during our 2020 summer and fall educational programs.
Our entire team is taking additional safety precautions while implementing and continuously identifying best practices as we prepare to welcome participants to campus. Among these measures are procuring additional alcohol hand-sanitization stations throughout campus and disinfecting common surfaces multiple times each day.
There are currently no travel restrictions in place for the greater Seattle area, however, Pilchuck will continue to monitor the situation daily and will provide updates directly to program participants and regularly on this designated web page.
We are looking forward to welcoming all students and session participants to our Stanwood campus this May and will provide any updated information about our summer sessions as they come up here. If you have any questions about enrollment, please direct these questions to our Registrar at
Additionally, we are excited to continue to hold special events and keep our tradition of Pilchuck’s popular Spring Tours this May. As exhibition openings and events approach, we will share any updates via email and social media.

Wishing you the best of health and we look forward to spending time with you all soon,

Christopher R. Taylor
Executive Director
Pilchuck Glass School 

March 23, 2020 | 11:00 AM, PST

Like so many of you, we are navigating these unprecedented times as we look towards our 2020 season of educational programming at Pilchuck Glass School.

In a team meeting last week, Artistic Director Ben Wright said, “This is a time to stay calm and take care of people first.” That’s a shared philosophy here at Pilchuck.

While we remain optimistic that the situation will improve so we can carry out the remainder of our season, we have made the difficult decision to cancel May programs and events at Pilchuck.

Earlier this morning, we sent emails to program participants: students, instructors, summer staff, resident artists, and partners involved in May education programs (including Pre-Session, Session 1, youth outreach programs, exhibitions, and artist residencies), notifying them of this decision. We remain optimistic and plan to proceed with 2020 summer and fall programs, and have amended our enrollment and refund policies to give you the flexibility and financial security to do so without any risk.

April and May exhibitions and events are also being rescheduled. Pilchuck’s Spring Tours will now take place June 3 - 7.

Read the full message here. 


April 21, 2020 | 12:00 PM, PST

Over the past few weeks, we have been monitoring the rapidly evolving situation.  Each day uncovers new information, and each tomorrow looks different than the day before.  We continue to balance our responsibility for your safety with a deep calling to provide access to our mission.  This time has been challenging, and I must share with you the tough decisions that we have made.

In the interest of the safety of our community and the ongoing efforts to fight this global pandemic, we have decided to cancel our summer programming through the middle of August.  This morning, we communicated this news with those who eagerly anticipated our 2020 programs, including students, instructors, staff, and other guests.  The entire educational team has been working to honor scholarships, reschedule instructors, and find spaces for artist residencies in future years.  We are painfully aware of how the ripple effects of these cancellations influence artists’ economies and careers.

We remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to proceed with a modified program schedule consisting of Sessions 6, Fall 1, and Fall 2.  This will also allow us to facilitate some of our residencies and youth and outreach programs that make up such an important part of our mission.  The Board and Executive team will continue monitoring the situation.  We all look forward to opening our doors and delivering our programs when the recommendations made by our state, local, and national public health experts agree that it is advisable to do so. 

As we have done since 1971, Pilchuck is working to support everyone who is interested in learning about glass art and design.  Our community looks to Pilchuck as a creative oasis so it pains us to make this announcement when that escape is most needed.  Our team has already begun to pivot our immediate focus to determine how we can best use this time to prepare ourselves and our campus for Pilchuck’s next 50 years.

Read the full message from Executive Director Christopher R. Taylor here.