SESSION 3: Family Ties

June 25 - July 2

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

Artist in Residence: Saya Woolfalk, Mika Drozdowska & Asia Stembalska

Craftspersons in Residence: Kelly O'Dell, Michael Cozza & Sasha Tepper-Stewart



Glassblowing, Mold Blowing, Coldworking, Enameling, Fire Polish

How do we get where we want to go and say what we need to say through hot-glass work? Cycling between Hot Shop and Cold Shop, research the possibilities in the combination of hot and cold techniques to find new aesthetics, textures, and temperaments. Hot-sculpting post gathers, cutting cold crystal, overlays and stuffed cups, enamel and paint markers, poetry on a diamond saw, hot collage; using methods like these, we will expand and express our technical vocabulary. Let’s work through the process inspired by experimentation with a critical but joyful eye on the technical side of glassmaking.



Simon Klenell is a glassmaker, artist, and designer born in Sunne, Sweden. He graduated from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, and has worked with glass as well as product design in various capacities and collaborations. A Brooklyn-based glassmaker and teacher, Leo Tecosky’s work is in hip-hop iconography, using its symbols and codes as sculptural muses. He was a part of Graffiti & Ornament at The Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, and was an artist in residence at Stockholm Glas and Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Sweden.



Hot Glass, Warm Glass, Coldworking, Narrative, Installation

In the new groundbreaking work, The Pilchuck Chronicles, students arrive at a remote, Arcadian campus to discover an instructor who encourages them to explore the power of narrative by challenging them to create objects and installations that mirror factual and fictional events. As personal narratives begin to emerge, students discover hot, warm, and cold techniques in the studios to construct and deconstruct their compelling personal and/or ubiquitous stories. As experimental and unconventional approaches to process unfold, each student begins to embark on their own personal journey.



Beth Lipman is an American artist whose sculptural practice explores aspects of material culture and deep time through still lives, site-specific installations, and photographs. Ephemeral and intricate, the work addresses mortality, materiality, and temporality. Lipman is also known for site responsive installations that activate the specific history of objects, individuals and institutions. Recent works include Belonging(s), a sculptural response to the life of Abigail Levy Franks for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas. 



Glassblowing, Hot Sculpting

Strip away your anthropocentric perception of the world we inhabit! There is no better place than Pilchuck to pull us away from that which clutters the mind. Let’s take this time to examine our natural surroundings a little closer. Observing nature we learn more about ourselves, and sharpen our individual awareness. Join us in an exploration of the wonder that lies in the deep moss underfoot, the hoot of the bard owl, the lush green fern, and folds in the bark of the Douglas fir. What can we derive from this infinite well of inspiration that is our natural world?



Raven Skyriver started blowing glass at the age of sixteen. His mentor, Lark Dalton, taught him how to build glass-blowing equipment and trained him in the traditional Venetian technique. In 2003, Skyriver was invited to join the William Morris team. He worked on the team until Morris’ retirement in 2007. His focus in the area of sculpture, and the depiction of marine life is inspired by his island upbringing, and informed by the creatures that inhabit this fragile ecosystem. Skyriver produces his work in the greater-Seattle area.


Flameworking, Color Application, Assembly, Professional Development

This course will focus on flameworking while also considering the pragmatic side of creating art. Lectures and individual guidance towards the development of glass art as a business while concentrating on traditional marketing basics for creatives will be volunteered by Landau, while Willis will focus on studio processes and techniques at the torch. Investigations in flameworking will reflect class interests, but may include hollow and solid forms, variations in color application, hot and cold approaches to assembly, botanicals, canework, murrini, small, and large scale sculptural processes.



Jessica Landau holds an MBA from University of Washington, Seattle, and has taught at Wilson High School and Hilltop Artists in Tacoma. She was a full-time member of the glassblowing team at Chihuly through 2019, concurrent to teaching while creating whimsical glass artwork and jewelry designs. David Willis holds a BA from UC Berkeley in social change and minor in conservation and resources studies, and remains engaged in both fields. His work covers a broad range of techniques within flameworking.



Youth Camp (Ages 8-15)

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 to 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.