September 14 - 19, 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 here, and Fall 2 (September 14-19) courses below.

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




Glassblowing, Coldworking, Assemblage

Using fundamental techniques as a foundation, students will focus on improving essentials in the hot shop through better blowing practices and open communication. Over six days we will develop an informed conversation in the basics of hot glass while strengthening good habits, skill, and efficiency. Students will be encouraged to rethink the manipulation of hot glass using traditional and nontraditional methods. We will also explore the cold shop as ways of finishing and thinking sculpturally to promote hot and cold assemblages. 




After receiving her BFA in glass from Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, Philadelphia, Danielle Brensinger immediately became immersed in the work of glass lighting and production. She previously lived in Brooklyn, New York, where she worked as a freelance glassblower, artist assistant, and educator out of UrbanGlass, while also teaching as an adjunct professor at Salem Community College, New Jersey. Currently living in Los Angeles, she continues to fabricate work for various lighting and interior designers. 


Glassblowing, Goblet Making, Process, Technique

Making goblets can be a difficult and potentially frustrating process. Small mistakes that are not addressed are compounded through each step of the process. This course will focus on breaking down the process into simple and easily digestible steps, highlighting the fact that blowing nice cups is not about employing “a bunch of tricks”, but instead about doing simple things well. Straying from the ornate, we will focus on understanding through repetition. Raise your cup—and your cup-making skillset—with us this fall!




Granite Calimpong recently completed his MFA in sculpture at University of Washington, Seattle, where he explored perception and visual phenomena associated with illusions through the use of wood, clay, glass, and metal. He has been heavily involved in the Seattle-area glass community working as an assistant, fabricator, and educator, while maintaining his own studio practice. As a long-term resident at Pottery Northwest, Seattle, Calimpong is expanding the scope of his work through experiments in clay and glass. 



Pâte de Verre , Kiln Forming, Moldmaking, Color Exploration

Explore the art-nouveau style of pâte de verre, a glass-casting and moldmaking process using glass powders and frit. From color samples to designing forms for open-faced castings, students will create works that are unique to their interests and curiosities. Through creating relief designs in clay, we will learn about the movement of glass, glass-painting applications, and the creation of tint gradation. You will explore the potential of mixing and making your own color palette so you will no longer have to limit your expression to the commercially available spectrum.




Sayaka Suzuki received her BFA from Tulane University, New Orleans, and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. She’s taught widely, including at Corning Museum of Glass, New York; UrbanGlass, Brooklyn; and Penland School of Craft, North Carolina. Solo exhibitions of her works have included Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, and Pensacola Museum of Art, Florida. Group Shows include New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, South Korea; and Museo Crocetti, Rome, among others. 


Casting, Mark Making, Texture, Molten Glass Line Drawing

Using ladles of hot glass directly from the furnace, students will explore mark making on a variety of surfaces in this course. The class will focus on cursive script as a starting point to build confidence and skills, and will also experiment with continuous (molten!) line drawing. Color, texture, and lighting will be explored together and independently, and the course will culminate in individual and group installations on Pilchuck’s campus. No previous casting experience necessary, just come ready to sketch, doodle, dabble, and cast! 




Althea Holden attended Alfred University, New York, for ceramics, but soon strayed off that path and into hot glass and neon. Holden relocated to New Orleans and worked at Studio Inferno as a production hotcaster, before earning her MFA from Tulane University, New Orleans. She spent many summers at Pilchuck Glass School to escape the Louisiana heat, eventually moving to Washington State. Her work is inspired by the playfulness of the casting process and a fondness for found objects. 


Neon, Sign Making

Looking for a sign? Why not make your own! This fundamentals of neon course will lay the groundwork for students looking to work under (and on!) the glowing neon lights. We will cover the basics of standard neon tube-bending techniques in Pilchuck’s Flat Shop. With a comprehensive introduction to torches, glass, processing with noble gases, and tube bending, students will find themselves ready to leave their mark on the world. We will cover the process of neon sign fabrication and how to approach it in an artistic way, so join us this fall and light up the night!




Galen Turner is a native of Tacoma, Washington, he was born and raised on Salmon Beach. He received his BFA from The Evergreen College, Olympia, where he was first introduced to neon. Turner went on to teach there for eight years. Turner has also taught workshops in neon at Museum of Glass, Tacoma. He has been bending neon for twenty years and is the creator and star of the neon Bike Jump, a collaborative neon performance art project with 2nd Cycle, Tacoma.