Spring Tours and Artists@Work
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Every spring, Pilchuck Glass School welcomes the public to tour our scenic, private campus and watch renowned glass artists at work. Many organizations find the campus inspiring and utilize this exclusive tour as a team-building excursion for employees, or for entertaining out-of-town guests or clients. During Spring Tours, visitors can view the fascinating processes of glass making, talk with working artists, tour the studios, and hear about the history and the future of the school.
Tours are available May 2-4 & 6, 2018, and are led by a Pilchuck docent. General tours last approximately 60 minutes. Pilchuck Glass School’s picturesque campus is on a tree farm with uneven terrain, unpaved pathways, and stairs, so we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. If you have mobility restrictions, please contact Development Manager Sara Sloyer at (206) 254-1966 or firstname.lastname@example.org before booking.
The Off the Beaten Path Tour is an extended tour and light hike (approximately 90 minutes). In addition to visiting the main campus buildings, you’ll visit the Chihuly Cabin, Buster Simpson’s Treehouse, the Trojan Horse, and end the tour at Inspiration Point with a breathtaking view of the Puget Sound. This tour is better suited for active persons without mobility limitations.
For questions on your already purchased tickets, please contact Sara directly at email@example.com or (206) 254-1966 to complete your request. All sales are final.
During Spring Tours, Pilchuck Glass School is pleased to recognize Dante Marioni and Kait Rhoads as Artists@Work for 2018. Marioni and Rhoads have been part of the fabric that has influenced and directed the course of the school and the studio glass movement. During Artists@Work, both artists will display examples of their latest designs, create new work, and welcome the public to observe.
Kait Rhoads first became involved with Pilchuck in 1991 as a student and Teaching Assistant, and is still connected to the organization today. She uses traditional Italian techniques as a base to create sculpture, vessels and jewelry; referencing nature and textiles throughout. She’s an expert in working with murrine the centuries old Italian decorative patterning technique in where the cross section of a glass rod is used in multiples.
Rhoads received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Alfred University and was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to study sculpture in Murano, Italy. Her work is included in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Shanghai Museum of Glass. Her work was seen at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma WA in the show Into the Deep (2016-2017). Currently she is working on glass jellyfish sculpture for the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma. Her collections include the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Shanghai Museum of Glass. She maintains a studio in Seattle, WA.
Dante Marioni entered the international glass scene at the age of 19 with a signature style that has been described as the purest of classical forms executed in glass by an American glassblower. A Seattle-based artist, he is one of the most admired and respected glassblowers in the world. His elongated, sinuous glass amphoras, vases and ewers are derived from Greek and Etruscan prototypes and reflect Marioni's training in centuries-old Venetian glassblowing techniques with some of the greatest masters in contemporary glass. Marioni's elegant works are the brilliant record of his on-going relationship with, and exploration of, this material.
Marioni is renowned as a teacher and shares his knowledge and skills through lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Each year, Marioni brings his artistry and expertise to Pilchuck, where he serves renowned visiting artists, helping them to experiment in glass for the first time. He serves on the Pilchuck Glass School board of trustees and has received awards from the American Crafts Council, UrbanGlass and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. His work is held in the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Renwick Gallery and the White House Collection of American Crafts.