2017 Fall Program

September 11th - 16th

Questions? Contact the Registrar at:
registrar@pilchuck.com 360-445-3111 x29




Proximity, Pattern & Perception

Glassblowing, Cane and Murrini

Focusing on cold assembled murrine, this class will learn to contrast and compliment complexity and simplicity in the patterns created while hot working and cold working. Students will expand an understanding of the specific requirements of this technique and will work through different ideas about pattern generation and application. The class will culminate with an opportunity to create objects using the murrini developed throughout course.

Intermediate – Advanced

Program Fee: $1,620

Giles Bettison

Giles Bettison has been involved with studio glass since the early 1990s. He began exploring murrine cane in 1994 and graduated from Canberra School of Art in 1996. After setting up his own studio in 1997, Bettison has focused solely on making glasswork, mainly murrine vessels, almost exclusively out of Bullseye glass. He currently works out of his studio in Adelaide, Australia, Europe and the United States.

Giles Bettison

Course is Full


Glass Print Mashup

Printmaking, Vitreography

Using Pilchuck’s cozy print studio as the primary resource, students will engage in experimental ideation techniques designed to stretch their capacities beyond their present artistic identities as producers of multiples. While delving into the specifics of glass printing techniques, including sand-carved intaglio and relief from a glass plate matrix, students will produce innovative new work for a class print portfolio exchange as an outcome.

All Levels

Program Fee: $1000

 Kelvin Mason

Currently teaching graphic design and printmaking at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, Professor Kelvin Mason brings a digital-savvy hybrid aesthetic and an appreciation for traditional methods to the college courses he teaches. A master printmaker, Mason’s work explores where science and perception degrade into conjecture. As part of a year-long sabbatical, he will participate as a Professional Artist in Residence at Pilchuck this fall, producing a current body of work depicting exoplanets.


Course is Full


Methods to the Madness

Flameworking, Lathe Work

From philosophy to concept to design, this class will reinforce the importance of preparation, research and thought. We will be spending as much (or more) time off of the torch as on, reinforcing a different approach. As instructors, we will bounce back and forth between lathe and bench techniques to demonstrate the power of both. Daily demos, nightly group discussions and critiques will make this class a different beast than you may be used to. Be ready to think, watch and question, not necessarily make. Torch time will be minimal compared to most workshops, but we promise you will leave with an understanding of the process and material that few possess in modern Flameworking.

Intermediate – Advanced

Program Fee: $1,620


Micah Evans is a glass artist originally from Washington State, now based in Austin, Texas.  Recently Micah finished a three year residency in glass at Penland School of Crafts developing the two sides of his work, a balance of personal sculpture and traditional craft objects.   

Stephan Peirce is a self-taught flameworker and lathe worker based in Austin, Texas.  For the past 5 years he has focused mainly on lathe work and using the flexibility of his skill set at the bench to bring color and traditional hand skills to objects made on the lathe.



Course is Full

Program Fees

Program fees cover instruction, shared dormitory housing, meals and basic supplies. Please contact the Registrar with any questions regarding fees and/or payment.