Artists In Residence


The legacy of the Artist in Residence Program dates back to the beginning of the school. Over the years, hundreds of notable artists from a wide range of artistic disciplines have come to Pilchuck to explore how glass can factor into their practice and visual vocabulary. Artists and collaborative groups are invited for each session and provided with their own artist assistant, who acts as a translator, giving technical guidance and assistance in the studio. Two Craftspersons in Residence (also known as gaffers), skilled glassblowers, help realize projects in hot glass. 



Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby

Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby are professors of design and social inquiry at The New School and Fellows at the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at The New School for Social Research. Dunne & Raby was established in 1994. Their work has been exhibited at MoMA, New York, Pompidou Centre in Paris and Design Museum in London, and is in several permanent collections including MoMA, Victoria and Albert Museum and Austrian Museum of Applied Arts.


Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate about the social, cultural and ethical implication of existing and emerging technologies. At The New School, as co-directors of the Designed Realities Lab, they experiment with research and teaching platforms that use design as a catalyst for a form of interdisciplinary imagining that synthesizes social and political thought, world-making and emerging technology—a sort of ‘many worlds’ lab dedicated to sustaining the idea of multiple possibilities. 


Form + Function


Leigh Claire la berge

Leigh Claire La Berge professes at the intersection of arts, literature, visual culture and political economy. La Berge’s books have been published by Oxford, University of Iowa and Duke University Press. She is currently assistant profes-sor of English in the Department of Eng-lish at BMCC CUNY. Her book Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s was recently published by Oxford University Press. 


caroline woolard

Caroline Woolard is a New York based artist who creates discrete objects as well as institutions for the solidarity economy. Her feminist, transdisci-plinary method connects discrete ob-jects to aligned contexts of circulation. Woolard’s work has been celebrated by the National Endowment for the Arts, where she delivered the 50th Anniver-sary keynote and in New York Close Up, the PBS / Art21 documentary series. Together at Pilchuck, La Berge and Woolard will be working on a project about time and capitalism.




ho-wan-ut "haila" old peter

As a traditional Puget Salish basketry weaver and teacher, Ho-Wan-Ut “Haila” Old Peter has devoted over twenty years to the art of basketry. Old Peter specializes in cedar and beargrass baskets with a heavy focus on patterns and contrasting colors. Old Peter is committed to teaching and preserving basketry for her family and tribal community.



john torReano

John Torreano is a painter, photographer, sculptor and performance artist. His artworks take many forms: wood panels, columns, wall balls, gem shapes and glass. With an on-going investigation into the relationship between “painterly space” and concepts of space in the astral sense, many of his works have been inspired by images of outer space from the Hubble spacecraft. Since 1965, Torreano has exhibited in museums and galleries of national and international standing. 





Leo Berk

Leo Saul Berk believes his childhood spent living in a radically unconventional house designed by the visionary American architect and painter Bruce Goff shaped him to become the artist he is today. Berk’s work continues to examine the transformative potential of exceptional architecture to positively shape our lives. Based in Seattle, Berk has received the Betty Bowen Award and the Artist Trust Innovator Award. 



Cathy McClure is a multi-media artist with a strong background in metal design and its limitless potential. Her enthusiasm for the techniques and traditions of the field is rivaled only by a wild preoccupation with engineering, technology, and the discrepancy between the public’s perception of an imagined techno-future and the future that we now inhabit. McClure’s latest body of work involves deconstruction and reinvention as she disassembles animatronic motor-driven plush toys recasting their plastic limbs in metal, and then reassembling them to create installations of her series of Bots.





tanya aguiÑiga

Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years she created various collaborative installations with Border Arts Workshop. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture and gender while creating community. 


reilly donovan

Reilly Donovan is a new-media artist and experience designer working with emerging technology to produce interactive installations, virtual reality artworks, augmented reality exhibits and mixed-reality experiences. Donovan’s work explores how computer simulations, machine learning and interactive environments challenge the boundaries of our senses. His work examines how machines are molding our future, changing our culture and confronting our perceptions of reality. 




damien davis

Damien Davis is a Brooklyn based artist. His practice explores historical representations of blackness by seeking to unpack the visual language of various cultures and questions how societies code/decode representations of race through design and digital modes of production. Solo presentations include White Room, METHOD Gallery, Seattle, and PopRally Presents: Arty Gras, MoMA, New York. 


tip toland

Tip Toland lives in Vaughn, Washington. She received her MFA from Montana State University. Toland is a full-time studio artist and a part-time instructor in Seattle. Toland conducts workshops across the United States, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. She is currently represented by Traver Gallery in Seattle. Her work is in public and private collections, including Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Crocker Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of Art and MoMA.