Residence Programs

Pilchuck offers two residence programs that are open to yearly applications: The Emerging-Artist-in-Residence Program as well as the John H. Hauberg Fellowship, a collaborative residency.

Emerging Artist in Residence

The Emerging-Artist-in-Residence (EAiR) Program serves promising younger artists who have had previous experience working with glass. Six artists are selected from applicants worldwide. They receive a $1,000 stipend, lodging, and access to studios for two months each fall. Participants are self-motivated and eager for the chance to focus on their work and exchange ideas with one another. Emerging artists in residence use their residencies to create a body of work or to pursue new projects or methods, often pushing the medium of glass. Many younger artists recently introduced to collectors at SOFA have participated in this valued residency, and include Sean Albert, Sean O’Neill, Ethan Stern, and April Surgent, to name only a few. 2019 EAiR applications are due Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Click here for more information.


John H. Hauberg Fellowship

The John H. Hauberg Fellowship, established in 2000 and named in honor of Pilchuck’s co-founder, offers a rare opportunity for collaboration among a group of as many as six established professional artists. For twelve days each spring, Hauberg Fellows work both individually and as a group to create art that responds to Pilchuck’s natural environment and/or utilizes the school’s glassmaking facilities. Visual artists in all media as well as writers, poets, art critics, and curators are encouraged to submit proposals with a collaborative concept or theme. The intent is to focus on projects and ideas that will inspire creative endeavors long after the fellowship ends. Past collaborations have focused on a variety of topics, such as painting on glass, Native American aesthetics and concerns, and issues about place and architecture. Artists must apply as a group. 2019 applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2018.  Click here for more information and to apply.


For both residencies: Although a general orientation is given, no formal instruction is provided by Pilchuck. The wood and metal shops are open on a limited basis. The library and Internet access are available.

For more information, please contact the registrar, at or 360-445-3111 ext. 29



The summer Artists in Residence (AiRs) Program invites artists, designers and creative thinkers to share professional expertise while contributing to the session’s educational atmosphere by creating events and initiating discussion while sharing knowledge and experience. Artists are invited by Pilchuck Glass School's Artistic Director.



Craftspersons in Residence, also known as gaffers, are accomplished artists with expertise in hot glassworking who execute the creative visions of Artists in Residence and Instructors. They have a strong interest in collaboration and a desire to stretch their abilities and ways of thinking. Craftspersons in residence bear the technical challenge and responsibility of creating work for other artists. Pilchuck invites two craftspersons in residence to participate in each session.



As part of Pilchuck Glass School's Spring Tours, two established artists are invited to utilize the campus facilities and hot shop while displaying examples of their latest designs, creating new work, and welcoming the public to observe.