May 8 - 13, 2020

Update 04-21-2020

In response to growing concerns around COVID-19, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel programming through mid-August - including Pre-Session courses. We apologize for any inconvenience and are doing our best to communicate with all who have been affected by these cancellations.

We remain optimistic that the late August and Fall programs will continue to take place and encourage interested students to enroll. We have amended our enrollment and refund policies to give you the flexibility and financial security to do so without any risk.

Read more here.


Come help us fire up campus for the season with this eclectic collection of talented artists and designers. The 2020 Pre-Session is modeled off of Pilchuck’s successful fall intensives. These one-week classes are the perfect immersive educational experience to lift your practice and art to the next level.

Each course is designed to ignite up your imagination, build techniques, and boost creativity in your work.

View course index here.



Hot Glass, Imagery, Printmaking, Coldworking, Design

This course will focus on developing rule-based systems for experimentation and design in the Hot Shop, Cold Shop, and Print Studio. By limiting variables such as time, materials, and processes, students will learn new ways to work intuitively and practice techniques for focusing creative independence. Throughout the course, students will be asked to push themselves and consider new ways of seeing their approach to artmaking. This course will cover glassblowing, finishing techniques in the Cold Shop, as well as light, imagery, and printmaking.





Lydia Boss is a Seattle-based artist whose work investigates themes of identity, time, and nature through a feminist, millennial lens. She graduated with a BFA from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and has studied at the International Glass School, Nový Bor, among other craft institutions. John Hogan is a Seattle-based glass artist. His work spans functional objects and fine-art sculpture, and is distinctive in its exploration of refracted light. Recently, Hogan has been working with architects and developers on larger-scale projects. 



Glassblowing, Kiln Forming, Neon, Unorthodox Techniques

Utilizing an arsenal of glass-forming techniques, this course will have the unique ability to explore opportunities to crossover between traditional processes and unorthodox approaches to the material. From hot glass to kiln firing and torch work, learn how to challenge limitations of form by taking glass through multiple processes. Students will be encouraged to take risks and trust their intuition as they develop skill, discover nuances, and consider the potential of objects, elements, and process residue as tools for creative expression.




Michael Hernandez’s work explores the funky, freaky, formal amalgamations in glass through objects, sculpture, and installation. A graduate of Emporia State University, Kansas, and NYSCC at Alfred University, New York, Hernandez is an associate professor and head of glass at Palomar College, California, and has taught workshops at institutions around the U.S. He is on the board of directors of the Glass Art Society, and is the editor for GASnews. Hernandez shows in galleries, museums, and non-traditional venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. 


Glassblowing, Mixed Media, Kinetics, Installation

Merging traditional and experimental glass techniques, this course takes inspiration from groups of misfits that decided to abandon modern conveniences and set out for the woods seeking autonomy and creative freedom. Excursions will focus on the environment and history of Pilchuck in considering natural, remote settings as fertile spaces for unconventional ideas. Combining glass and mixed media, students will create interactive devices and kinetic contraptions that explore the potential of striking out into the unknown. Curiosity and collective effort will be essential.




Nate Ricciuto envisions design, architecture, and craft as existing in the odd space between technology and fantasy. His work was recently featured in New Glass Now at Corning Museum of Glass, New York, and he has participated in artist residencies at Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, and Pilchuck Glass School. Ricciuto holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, and currently teaches at both Columbus College of Art & Design and Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.