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WHO OWNS PILCHUCK GLASS SCHOOL?

Pilchuck is a non-profit organization overseen by a Board of Trustees. No one owns the school, but many people contribute to its function through participating as volunteers, paid staff, teachers, students, artists-in-residence and through work exchange.

WHAT DOES THE NAME PILCHUCK MEAN AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM?

Pilchuck means “red river’ in the Native American language of the region. The school is named after the tree farm within which the campus is situated. The tree farm was named for the nearby river.

HOW IS THE SCHOOL SUPPORTED?

Pilchuck operates on an annual budget of just over $2.5M. Most if its revenue is generated more or less equally from fees for programs, annual contributions and the annual art auction. A small portion of the budget is supported by a modest and growing endowment.

WHERE IS PILCHUCK AND WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

The school is located about 50 miles and one hour driving time north of Seattle overlooking Puget Sound in the high foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The campus is situated in the midst of a stunning 15,000-acre tree farm on a 50-acre site of grassy fields, full-grown evergreen forests, strolling and hiking trails, streams and a pond. The locale includes well-equipped studios, comfortable rustic cabins and dorm for housing, a lodge for meals as well as an administrative office and gallery and out-buildings used to maintain the campus.

I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT GLASS. HOW DO I ENROLL AT PILCHUCK?

Pilchuck Glass School is an internationally recognized leader in glass art education offering intensive residential instruction during the summer months. To participate in Pilchuck courses, you can apply for admission to take a course and then enroll once you have been accepted.

WHEN CAN I SIGN UP FOR COURSES AT PILCHUCK?

Participation in Pilchuck courses is by application. Typically, the summer course catalog is available beginning in December and the deadline for priority placement applications is in February. Applications do continue to be accepted after the priority placement deadline for courses with openings and waitlists. Applicants are notified of acceptance in early April and the first summer session begins in mid May.

The course catalog describes course content, level of experience required, and application requirements. Pilchuck’s courses cover a range of skill levels; some are appropriate for the novice and others require previous experience in two- or three-dimensional art or previous glass making experience.

HOW IS PILCHUCK'S SUMMER PROGRAM STRUCTURED?

Pilchuck offers a series of sessions from May through September that vary in length. Each session is comprised of five concurrent courses in a variety of processes. Generally, each course is limited to 10 - 12 students. Because the courses run concurrently all day, six days each week, students enroll in one course a session. Courses vary from session to session and from summer to summer, depending upon instructor availability and programming goals. In addition to the hot glass courses, Pilchuck’s offerings include hot casting, kiln casting, sandcasting, pâte de verre, mosaic, stained glass, flameworking, neon, and more.

WHAT DOES PILCHUCK DO OUTSIDE THE SUMMER SEASON?

Pilchuck Glass School offers residency programs for emerging and professional artists in Fall, Winter and Spring. Please refer to the Residencies tab for more information.

CAN I RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT FOR PILCHUCK COURSES?

Undergraduate college credit for work completed at Pilchuck may be obtained through the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. Arrangements to receive credit are made prior to beginning your course at Pilchuck. For further information, contact the Registrar for Cornish College of the Arts at 206.323.1400. Also, students often work with their department heads or advisors to receive independent study credit at the college or university they are attending.

WHERE CAN I BUY "PILCHUCK" GLASS?

Our mission is to foster experimentation and exploration. Therefore much of the work made during courses and residencies is not intended as final, complete or for exhibition. That said, often you will see work that has evolved out of what has been learned at Pilchuck in exhibitions and galleries throughout the world as well as in our Annual Art Auction.  If you are interested in purchasing glass made by artists associated with Pilchuck, we recommend attending in person, or viewing on line, work donated to Pilchuck's Annual Auction. Held in mid-October of each year, the Auction is a gala featuring over 250 works of glass by established and emerging glass artists from around the world.

I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT PILCHUCK TO SEE ARTISTS WORKING. WHEN CAN I COME?

Pilchuck is a unique artist-centered community, deliberately removed from the hustle and bustle of modern living. The innovation, risk-taking, and magic that occur at Pilchuck happen because we are able to keep the everyday world at bay. Pilchuck opens its doors to the public during its annual Open House, typically scheduled for the last Sunday in July, during which over one thousand people visit the campus to observe artist demonstrations, view the staff art show in the campus gallery, and tour Pilchuck’s studios. Visit the Events section for more information.

One of the many benefits of supporting Pilchuck Glass School through the Pilchuck Society is the opportunity to participate in Pilchuck Society Day, typically held in mid May. Members’ Day enables Pilchuck Society members to visit Pilchuck to observe artists at work in the various studios, see special demonstrations, and to avoid the crowds associated with the Open House. For more information, visit the Pilchuck Society page.

I BELONG TO A GROUP THAT TAKES EXCURSIONS AND TRIPS TO VISIT ART ORGANIZATIONS. CAN WE VISIT PILCHUCK'S CAMPUS?

Pilchuck opens its doors to cultural, civic, and social groups for one week each spring prior to the beginning of the summer session. During this week, volunteer artists are busy preparing works in glass for our auction and artists-in-residence are on campus creating their unique works of art in glass. Groups ranging in size from ten to 45 people may arrange for a Spring Tour which includes a guided tour of the campus, an opportunity to observe artists at work, lunch in our lodge and the chance to learn more about the past and future of one of the Pacific Northwest’s cultural icons. Tour costs are $XX per person. Space is limited, therefore advance reservations are required. Visit the Events section for more information.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT PILCHUCK?

Generous individuals provide annual support for all of Pilchuck Glass School’s artistic and educational programs through our Pilchuck Society, which recognizes contributors at all levels of giving. Pilchuck Society members receive an invitation for a special visit to campus during the spring, advance notice of and invitations to special events, and much more. For more information about making an annual gift to Pilchuck Glass School and becoming a member of the Pilchuck Society, please visit the Pilchuck Society page.

 


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