Spring Tours and Artists@Work
May 22-26, 2019
2019 Spring Tours dates are Wednesday, May 22-Sunday, May 26.
Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Choose from a variety of tour times and experiences including: Tour only, Tea & Tour, Lunch & Tour, Brunch & Tour (weekends only), or Off the Beaten Path Tour.
Every spring, Pilchuck Glass School welcomes the public to tour our scenic, private campus and watch renowned glass artists at work. Many organizations find the campus inspiring and utilize this exclusive tour as a team-building excursion for employees, or for entertaining out-of-town guests or clients. During Spring Tours, visitors can view the fascinating processes of glass making, talk with working artists, tour the studios, and hear about the history and the future of the school.
Tours are available May 22-26, 2019, and are led by a Pilchuck docent. General tours last approximately 60 minutes. Pilchuck Glass School’s picturesque campus is on a tree farm with uneven terrain, unpaved pathways, and stairs, so we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. If you have mobility restrictions, please contact Development Director Lauren Mercurio at (206) 254-1962 or firstname.lastname@example.org before booking.
The Off the Beaten Path Tour is an extended tour and light hike (approximately 90 minutes). In addition to visiting the main campus buildings, you’ll visit the Chihuly Cabin, Buster Simpson’s Treehouse, the Trojan Horse, and end the tour at Inspiration Point with a breathtaking view of the Puget Sound. This tour is better suited for active persons without mobility limitations.
For questions on your already purchased tickets, please contact Lauren directly at email@example.com or (206) 254-1962 to complete your request. All sales are final.
During our 2019 Spring Tours, Pilchuck Glass School is pleased to recognize Jason Christian and Morgan Peterson as Artists@Work. Christian and Peterson are renowned for their incredible skill and have been a part of the Pilchuck community in many capacities; as students, instructors, staff, and gaffers. During Artists@Work, both artists will display examples of their latest designs, create new work, and welcome the public to observe.
Originally from Boston, Morgan Peterson graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a dual degree in 2006. Upon completion of her degrees, she relocated to Seattle to pursue a career in the arts and to continue her education and advancement in the glass community.
Peterson has worked for many notable artists including Martin Blank, James Mongrain, Charlie Parriott, Dale Chihuly and Bruce Mau. She is heavily involved with Pratt Fine Arts and Pilchuck Glass School not only as a member of the staff but also as in instructor.
Recently, Peterson exhibited in the pop culture show, Material World, at Pittsburgh Glass Center, and will be a part of the Habatat Galleries Invitational this spring.
Jason Christian’s work explores the exquisite art of reticello by pairing classical Venetian techniques with a modern simplicity. Christian grew up in Coupeville, a small town situated on Whidbey Island in the heart of the Puget Sound region of western Washington State. His mother was a nurse; his father, a metal fabricator, as an adolescent, he thought that he too would find a place in the blue-collar world. He worked construction and odd jobs, and drove delivery trucks. However, there was something inside driving him towards a more creative vocation. His mother told him, “You should really go check out this glass studio downtown. I read about it in a magazine.” He went and saw a master glassblower turn a molten blob into a flower; in that moment he was hooked. This was during the late 1990s and the Northwest glass scene was in full swing. Dale Chihuly was hanging chandeliers in Venice. Italian masters were moving to Seattle. There was plentiful work to be had, along with the strong sense of community that he had always wanted. Christian dove in, and there he flourished.
Today, Christian is an integral member of Dale Chihuly's boathouse team, collaborating with international artists, including the late Pino Signoretto. He has worked with many well-known glass artists, including Lino Tagliapietra, Martin Blank, Preston Singletary, James Mongrain and Nancy Callan. Jason also has taught at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, at Urban Glass in New York City, and at the University of Texas Arlington.