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New Collaboration with Harlan Reano

This week in the studio, we're happy to announce a new collaborative series of work between Preston and Kewa Pueblo artist Harlan Reano!

This week in the studio, we're happy to announce a new collaborative series of work between Preston and Kewa Pueblo artist Harlan Reano!  The product of this collaboration will be an exhibition at Blue Rain Gallery in May 2015!

Harlan is best known for his works made with his wife, Cochiti Pueblo potter Lisa Holt.  Check out their website here: Lisa Holt & Harlan Reano.

Preston is working with Harlan to create vessel forms and figures similar to his pottery work, then translating his painted designs to sandcarved motifs.  This is truly a unique collaboration for the studio.  We can't wait to see how the pieces turn out!

Here are some photos our friend and photographer Russell Johnson took this week in the studio.  Enjoy!

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Guest artist Lewis Gardiner in the studio!

In November, we welcomed back our friend from New Zealand, renowned jade carver Lewis Tamihana Gardiner.  He and Preston are working on a new collection of works that combine the blown glass and Tlingit designs of Preston with the stunning jade work and Maori designs of Lewis!

It's been a busy autumn here at Preston Singletary Inc.!  

In November, we welcomed back our friend from New Zealand, renowned jade carver Lewis Tamihana Gardiner.  He and Preston are working on a new collection of works that combine the blown glass and Tlingit designs of Preston with the stunning jade work and Maori designs of Lewis!  

Their first collaboration was for the 2007 Spirit Wrestler Gallery exhibition Fire and Water, which was a great success and produced some of their most iconic pieces. Check out selections from that show here: Fire & Water.

Here are some photos from that week in the studio! (All photos by Russell Johnson.)

  

  

 

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A River for All

In partnership with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, we are calling for a cleanup  of our river that protects the health of all of our communities. Please join us in calling for a comprehensive cleanup that will protect our health and ensure that the Duwamish is A River For All!

The Duwamish is Seattle’s hometown river.

Named for the Native Americans who welcomed settlers to its banks, the river was later straightened and dredged to make way for shipping and industry. 98% of the river’s habitat was destroyed, and the century that followed left a legacy of toxic pollution that continues to poison its fish, wildlife, and exposed communities – including local residents; tribes; and fishing families – today.

In 2001, the Duwamish River was labeled a federal Superfund Site – one of the most toxic sites in the nation. Today, we have an opportunity to clean it up. But it won’t happen without your help. The EPA has proposed a “cleanup” plan that would leave 80% of the contaminated mud behind, posing ongoing risks to the environment and people’s health.

Take action today to help us gain the support of our city, our county, and the EPA for a true cleanup that protects our health.

Help Preston, Macklemore, residents, fishermen, tribal members, workers, and recreational users of Seattle’s Duwamish River to secure a #riverforall!

The Northwest is known for it’s natural beauty and many ways of enjoying the outdoors. I have lived here my whole life and remember the river as an industrial waste dump. The Duwamish River is an important and sacred area for the Duwamish people – I’m glad there is finally interest in cleaning it up. This cleanup is important to show that humans can correct the damage they have done to our natural environment.

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New Works for Indian Market at Blue Rain Gallery

New works will be shown during Santa Fe's 93rd Annual SWAIA Indian Market!

Mosquito Rising From the Flames, 2014

Opening next week at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, Preston will have 15 new works in a new exhibition in celebration of the 93rd annual SWAIA Indian Market.  He'll be attending the opening on Tuesday, August 19.

Here's a selection of the pieces that will be available from Preston at Blue Rain Gallery:

 

Hawk Beak, 2014

Chilkat Woman, 2014

 

Ghost Basket, 2014

Stopping the World, 2014

Ancestral Chief, 2014

Bear Man, 2014

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At work in the hot shop!

Hard at work on some new Oystercatcher Rattles.

After a busy Autumn season, it's great to get back to work in the hot shop.  A couple of weeks ago, Russell Johnson (one of our favorite photographers) stopped by on a blowing day to capture some of the excitement.  Here, Preston and his team are working on some new Oystercatcher Rattles.

All photos are by Russell Johnson.

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