May 14 - 25, 2018


Artists in Residence: Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby
Craftspersons in Residence: Danielle Brensinger & Patricia Davidson


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Glassblowing, Hot-Glass Sculpting

This hot shop course will explore a variety of traditional and demanding hot-shaping techniques. Using hand-shaping techniques and various approaches to surface manipulation, students will create new pieces as a reinterpretation of the historical heritage of hot-glass sculpting. Students will work in teams in the garage and with the hot torch, experimenting with different tools and techniques to bring their sculptures to life. Demonstrations and discussions will strengthen teamwork and encourage dialogue.




Martin Štefánek utilizes the richly visual qualities of metallurgical colored glass to formulate the exotic and mythic animals that inspire him. In 2000, Štefánek founded his own glass studio in Desná, Czech Republic. He has worked on several prestigious projects, including a glass sculpture gifted to Pope John Paul II. Starting in 2001, Štefánek began cooperating with Petr Seifert on creating reproductions of historical glass pieces for the royal and prominent aristocratic houses of Europe.


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Glassblowing, Design,  Color Application

In this course, we will think about the process of what we make as a strategy. Through drawing and demos, we can break down the design to the essentials and complete our ideas concisely. We will look at the anatomy of our set-ups to figure out a better way to execute our designs. Looking at the history of utilitarian design from various regions, we will discuss its purpose and discover a new vernacular for the work which we are creating. We will play with form and color theory, strip things down and build them back up to clarity.




Devin Burgess lives in Greensboro, Vermont, where he runs Borealis Studios with his wife, Jerilyn Virden. Aside from producing his own work, Burgess also produces designs and executes projects for architectural firms and designers worldwide. He was a recipient of a three-year glass residency at Penland School of Crafts, and has exhibited at SOFA, Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Smithsonian Craft Show where he won the Excellence in Glass Design award.


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Glassblowing, Flameworking, Lathe, Design

Why limit yourself to one type of glass? Nowadays, the line between flameworking and furnace glassblowing is as thin as it’s ever been. In this class we aim to blur these lines even further. Using functional design as a launching point, this class will compare and contrast various glassworking techniques in both furnace glass and borosilicate simultaneously. With a focus on functionality, patterning and hot-construction techniques, we can translate influences from each type of glass into the other and back. Reasonable experience in at least one of these types of glassworking is preferable.





Jeff Ballard is a mixed-media glass artist and professional gaffer. In 2012, Ballard received the US Arts Envoy Grant to help start a glassblowing program for under-privileged youth at Berlin Glas, Berlin, Germany. Ballard is currently creating out of Big Spin Glass Studio, Eugene, Oregon. Brent Rogers is a Seattle native, where he worked as a production glassblower and designer at the Glass Eye Studio. He’s been an active member of Fifty Four Sixteen in Ballard, Washington, since it opened in 2010.


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Flameworking, Pattern

In this course, students will be pushed to delve into and explore the world of flameworking and pattern making. Using borosilicate glass in the Flat Shop, students will uncover a world of form and pattern. Together, the class will create complex, original patterns and imagery, while visiting artists will inspire with their demonstrations. Students will be encouraged to merge an understanding of the material with their concepts and ideas to drive the direction of their projects, together creating a laboratory of new pattern work.




DISK (Daisuke Saito) was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1984. DISK is one of Japan’s most versatile and talented marble and pendant artists, creating works with incredible precision and execution. DISK has been featured in galleries and shows throughout Japan, Canada and the United States. He has collaborated extensively, including collaborations with Elbo, Eusheen and 2-Stroke. DISK returns to instruct at Pilchuck after an absence of over 10 years.


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Moldmaking, Kilncasting, Glassblowing, Hot Casting

This course will be an immersion into the wide world of moldmaking. Students will focus on building techniques to create positive forms that can be made into molds to inform a variety of glass studio applications including glassblowing, kiln forming and casting. Students will be making molds to create wax positives, glass castings, hot blow molds and kiln-forming molds. Students will also visit with guest artists, be exposed to alternative moldmaking techniques and can expect to leave with multiple molds to use in their home practice.





Cortney Boyd co-owns and operates Flux Studio LLC in Denver, Colorado. She received her BA from Hastings College and her MFA from SIUC. Inspired by objects of the past, Boyd’s work utilizes various techniques to create objects that evoke a familiar yet transitory feeling. Adam Cohen is the co-owner/operator of The Glass Door LA, a custom fabrication shop in downtown Los Angeles. He received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from SIUC. Cohen makes use of moldmaking and sculpting techniques to create recurring objects from his dreams.


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Printmaking, Imagery,  Sandblasting, Experimentation

Students will have the exciting opportunity to use glass plates in a printmaking process called vitreography. Explore the multiple through various printmaking techniques including sandblasting through a variety of resists such as Buttercut and vinyl. Other techniques will include drypoint etching, armor etch, sandpaper and more. There will be a print exchange as well as guidance on how to create 2-4 completed editions. Students will gain knowledge of new printmaking techniques, paper and paper handling, ink mixing and blind embossing.




Ben Beres is one-third of conceptual art trio SuttonBeresCuller. They have actively been engaged in Seattle’s art scene for eighteen years, creating sculpture, performance and public art. They have received many awards, including a Creative Capital Grant, Stranger Genius Award and two MacDowell Colony Fellowships. On his own, Beres is an accomplished printmaker who exhibits at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. He is currently teaching printmaking at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, and has been actively working in the field of printmaking for twenty years.