SESSION 3: Families Valued

July 6 - 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 Session 3 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.


For the first time ever, we will run a concurrent Youth Camp along with our adult offerings to open up the Pilchuck experience to artists with families who are interested in teaching and learning in a truly intergenerational creative environment.

Artist in Residence: Marela Zacarías, Curator: Susie Silbert

Craftspersons in Residence: Jessica Jane Julius, Sally McCubbin



Hot-Glass Sculpting, Coldworking, 3D Printing, Exploration, Creative Reuse

Form a holistic approach to making by freely exploring practical, sensorial, and cultural concepts in a Montessorian approach to glass as a sculptural material. While specific exercises will be assigned when new techniques and tools are introduced, students will be free to explore the ideas and themes meaningful to themselves. Students will tour campus recycling areas to repurpose found materials, and explore hot-glass sculpting, 3D printing, and finishing techniques in the Cold Shop, with exposure to Pilchuck’s other available studios while on campus. 




Jennifer Bueno’s work combines the material of glass with satellite imagery to form groundless landscapes that shift sensorial experience and use beauty and wonderment as devices to draw attention to the rapid changes occurring on our planet. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Bueno is also a designer for Bueno Glass, a company she and her husband Thor formed in 2004. They have two children and live in the mountains in Penland, North Carolina. 


Glassblowing, Murrine, Cane, Design, Color Pattern

Let’s take a page from Richard Marquis’ book! This character-building course will explore various methods of making handbuilt and kiln-fused typographic murrine. Students will move between the Kiln Shop, Hot Shop, and Cold Shop as we design glyphs, letters, and symbols to render in glass. Our glass type may be rolled up, bundled into words, or exalted in the humble murrine form. Each student will make a small edition of letters to be shared amongst the class.




Helen Lee is an artist, designer, educator, and glassblower. She holds an MFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, and a BSAD in architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Lee uses glass to think about language. Her work is in the Corning Museum of Glass’ New Glass Now exhibition, Providence, and Museum of Arts and Design’s Burke Prize 2019 exhibition, New York. She is currently an associate professor and head of glass in the art department at University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


Flameworking, Sculpture, Idea Development, Process

Delve into making meaningful sculpture through flameworking. Using borosilicate glass rods and tubing, start with basic technical exercises, building the skills needed to forge your own visual voice. Idea development will be supported by our environment, personal reflection, or wider world happenings. Each student will create an artwork that engages with the moment we are in and the place we currently exist. Technical lessons will focus on how to flamework in a detailed manner. There will be a focus on the figure, but all aspects of sculpting will be addressed.




Carmen Lozar is a glass artist and a faculty member of the Ames School of Art at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she completed her post-graduate degree at Alfred University, New York, and is represented by Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago. She has held two residencies at Corning Museum of Glass, New York, and Penland School of Craft, North Carolina. She is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, Wisconsin. 


Kiln Forming, Coldworking, Form

Focusing on kiln-forming and coldworking processes, this course will start with a hands-on experience designed to expand students’ ideas and their concepts of what’s possible in kiln-formed glass. Using 3D paper and tracing-paper models, students will experiment with form and structure before cutting various forms from sheet glass and fusing or slumping them in the kilns to create three-dimensional objects. Using gravity slumping, students will have the ability to observe the moments of deformation as they happen in the kiln.




Polish-artist Marzena Krzemińska Baluch received her Master of Arts degree at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wrocław. She has been employed at the diploma-granting Art Glass Workshop, run by Professor Małgorzata Dajewska, as well taking on the role of the Internationalization Commissioner at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design. In 2018, she received a Doctor of Arts degree from her alma mater. Krzemińska Baluch has traveled and exhibited her art throughout Europe and the rest of the world.


Moldmaking, Kiln Forming, Kilncasting, Printmaking, Digital Applications

Youth are invited to explore materials alongside students, teachers, and staff. With their families, youth participants will play in the woods, cook, visit classes and workshops, and play with art. Youth will be accompanied by Pilchuck staff in exploring materials and techniques such as printmaking, 3D designing and printing, clay, and glass. More than finished products, the focus of these experiences will be to discover materials and their properties and have fun!

Youth Camp participants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is enrolled in a Session 3 course.





Marta Cabral works with people of all ages exploring art materials, processes, and ideas and has taught children for over twenty years. She is an assistant professor at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island and develops classes for children and families at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn. Dorie Guthrie is a graduate of Illinois State University, Normal, and has continued her studies at numerous art organizations to further her technique. She teaches kilncasting, glassblowing, flameworking, fusing, and imagery techniques at UrbanGlass and other venues.