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.

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.


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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Public Health: Seattle & King County
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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