September 6 - 11, 2020

Explore an array of courses in Pilchuck's Fall Programs! Offering shorter one-week courses on campus, with equal immersion and focus, Fall Progams feature a quieter, more contemplative environment.

The Fall Program courses this year include glassblowing, flameworking, neon glass painting and enameling, as well as a hybrid printmaking course. The Fall Program is a dynamic and fulfilling way to end the summer and welcome in the fall. Learn more about Fall 1 (September 6-11) courses below, and Fall 2 (September 14-19) courses here.

Student applications accepted until courses are filled. Learn more about how to apply, tuition details, and more here



Glassblowing, Tableware, Collaboration

There’s nothing more satisfying than eating and drinking from handmade wares with friends. This course will focus on establishing a strong foundation in form and function. Our objective will be to create a tablescape to use for a social mixer at the end of the class, bringing everyone together to celebrate one another’s hard work and individuality. We will divide and conquer to make drinkware, pitchers, serving bowls, plates, candlesticks, you name it! Students need only bring a good attitude and an open mind.





Corey Pemberton received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, in 2012. He has completed residencies at Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pennsylvania; Bruket, Bodø, Norway; as well as a Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he splits his time between a production glassblowing job and his mixed-media painting practice.


Glassblowing, Mold Blowing, Hot Casting, Mold Making, CNC Machining, 3D Printing, 3D CAD

This course will merge old and new processes as we explore product design and hot-shop production methods, pairing digital technology with traditional hot-casting and mold-blowing techniques. Students will design their molds using introductory 3D CAD programs and will prototype them in the BotLab using 3D printers. The production molds will then be machined on the CNC routers. Students will be provided with an introduction to glassblowing in the Hot Shop, and will cast and blow into the molds they’ve created to see their vision come to fruition! 




Benny Hill is an art educator who prides himself on creating fun learning environments where artists can use their skills, materials, and processes in combination with technology. Hill lives in Portland, Oregon, where he designs and makes products for Jimbo Cups, a company he co-founded. Hill believes firmly in creating an inclusive, safe, and creative community. He has taught art and technology to all age and skill levels, and most recently worked at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland. 


Kiln Casting, Kiln Forming, Moldmaking, Lost-Wax Casting, Pâte de Verre

Sketch books and word mapping will provide students with sources of imagery to create intimate cast-glass objects meant to convey or evoke emotions through both their subject matter and small scale. We will explore a variety of mold-making and casting techniques, including open-faced molds, lost-wax castings, and hollow-vessel pâte de verre molds. Each student will have individual projects based on their selected imagery and create small cast objects to arrange in a vignette that conveys the overall ideas behind the imagery. 




Shannon Brunskill currently owns and operates Brunskill Studios, Inc., Dallas, where she maintains a rigorous studio practice. She has studied various glass techniques with world-renowned artists at Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Pilchuck Glass School, and Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Maine. She has been the recipient of a Pollack Krasner Fellowship, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, being honored as a finalist in the Stanislav Libensky Exhibition, Prague.


Flameworking, Color, Functional Art, Pipe Making

In this course, students will learn how to use borosilicate glass to create functioning glass pipes at the torch. Through demonstrations and hands-on-experience, students will gain the solid foundation of skills needed to make their own functional pipes. Covering everything from a basic one-hitter to complex multi-sectional pieces, students will learn shaping, color techniques, proper seals, and fuming. So bring your ideas and willingness to learn and let’s have some fun!




Jason Elliott has been working with glass since 2000. His career began in large production studios including J.A.H. Creation and Sky Glass, Oregon, before he was given the opportunity to work with David Willis as an artist assistant for many years. Since then, Elliott has worked as a studio coordinator at Pilchuck Glass School and a flameworking instructor at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Currently Elliott works out of BigSpin Glass in Eugene, Oregon. 


Printmaking, Vitreography, Imagery, Coldworking

Turn sketches and drawings from local flora and fauna into fine-art prints for your own Pacific Northwest Print Series. Together we will collect botanicals and sketches from campus (no need to be “good” at drawing), and will learn to reference the collected samples and manipulate the surface of glass plates using a variety of mark-making tools and techniques to create interesting textures, line weights, and shapes. Leave with a portfolio of botanical fine-art prints, inked by hand and hand pulled, and a new way of thinking about glass as a matrix. 




Nikki Barber is a Seattle-based printmaker, focusing on the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from University of Washington, Seattle, with an interdisciplinary visual arts degree with a focus in printmaking, earned simultaneously with her degree in biological sciences. She primarily teaches printmaking at Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle; Seattle Artist League, and other art schools in the Seattle area. She is represented by MESH Fine Art, Chicago.