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Upcoming Public Art Projects

A sneak peek at upcoming public art projects by Preston Singletary. 


Upcoming Public Art Projects



Concept Rendering


The Burke Museum 
Seattle, WA.
“The Weavers Welcome”
Fall 2019

The Burke Museum has commissioned the artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), David Franklin and Preston Singletary (Tlingit), to create a monumental Coast Salish art piece for the lobby of the New Burke Museum.

This new piece, titled “The Weaver’s Welcome”, is currently being created in glass, bronze and metal with imagery based on historical items held within the Burke Museum collection.

“We intend for the piece to engage both museum visitors and passersby. The colorful glass and metal sculpture will be enlivened by varying light and shadow as the southwestern-facing space transforms from sunrise to sunset. By night, the piece metamorphoses into a glowing jewel lit from within.” - “The Weaver’s Welcome” artist team.



The Fremont Ship Canal
Seattle, WA.
“Petrel Guards the Water” and “Raven Steals The Water” 
Fall 2019

Artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin have collaborated to create two large freestanding sculptures formed into canoe paddles and made from glass and metal. These pieces will stand at 14 feet tall each.

The story represents how water came to the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast as understood by the Tlingit people, Singletary's ancestors. It is a story told across other tribes as well and a vast part of the coast. It illustrates what a treasure water is.

First Raven brings us light to the world and secondly he brings water. His act of trickery and thievery benefits us all but also teaches us that we too should guard our water, as it truly is our treasure and the source of our environment.

One paddle would be placed on each side of the ship canal, with each paddle telling its part of the story.

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New Collaborative Works

See a behind the scenes look at the new works being created at the Preston Singletary Studio. 

Recently the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host artist Jody Naranjo, a leading Pueblo potter from New Mexico,  to work on their second collection of collaborative blown glass pieces. Dante Marioni was also present to help in this collaborative endeavor.

These unique pieces will be presented at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM this fall. Check back on our Calendar as we announce exhibition details for these pieces in the upcoming weeks. 




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Join Us for a Silent Auction Benefit for Joe B. -  Friday July 28th.

 For two decades, our esteemed colleague and dear friend Joe BenVenuto has dedicated his craft to the glass community in Seattle, including the Preston Singletary Studio,  and abroad. Now he needs our help.


For two decades, our esteemed colleague and dear friend Joe BenVenuto has dedicated his craft to the glass community in Seattle, including the Preston Singletary Studio,  and abroad. Now he needs our help.

Eight months ago, Joe was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain cancer on his thalamus. While there are treatments available and doctors can abate the growth for some time, there is no cure and eventually the tumor will return.


What We Are Doing:

We are coming together to raise funds to help Joe heal and recover from months of difficult and hard work, including an intense five-week radiation and chemotherapy treatment and future care. Today, only a portion of Joe’s healthcare insurance is covered by his insurance and for all alternative treatment he must pay 100% of the cost by himself.


Our Goal

The funding will allow Joe to:

• Begin alternative and holistic treatment such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and a cutting-edge IV Therapy treatment based on the most up-to-date research on various nutrients and pharmaco-botanical compounds.

• Health insurance covers no costs for alternative treatment, funding will help to cover these costs in addition to improving and expanding Joe’s current health care plan.

• Take time off from work to focus all his energy to heal his body while keeping and maintaining his home and studio.

• Explore additional western and holistic treatments in the US and beyond.

• Travel and spend time with his family in Ohio.


GoFundMe Campaign:

Everyone is invited to join in to help Joe B., no amount is too small! Please share Joe's Story and the GoFundMe link with your family and friends. Contribute now at GoFundMe. 


Traver Gallery Pop-Up Show: Friday July 28th, 2017:

An art exhibition and Silent Auction will be held at the Traver Gallery in Seattle on July 28th from 6-10PM. Glass artists in the Seattle community and beyond will come together to donate their work. This is the culminating event of our fundraising efforts. 100% of the funds raised during this event will go directly to Joe, providing vital support of his treatments and recovery.

Featured artists include: Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, April Surgent, Dante Marioni, John Kiley, Martin Blank, Kait Rhodes, Nancy Callan, CUD, Sean Albert, Dave Walters, Joe David, Jane Rosen, Jen Elek & Jeremy Bert, Richard Royal. Preston Singletary and many more. 

This event is open to everyone, however RSVP is required. To RSVP and preview pieces for the silent auction click here. 

Singletary pieces include "Spawning Salmon" and "Shrine Figure Set". 

                        Shrine Figure Set

What You Can Do:

Share Joe’s Story – Please share the GoFundMe campaign and the Traver Gallery Pop-Up Show to benefit Joe B. with your family, friends and fellow artists. 

Follow Us: Stay updated on event information on the Preston Singletary Glass Studio Facebook page

On behalf of Joe and friends, thank you for your support.


Traver Gallery:
Preston Singletary Studio:

Left to Right:  Preston Singletary, Joe BenVenuto and Sean Albert. Photo courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

Left to Right:  Preston Singletary, Joe BenVenuto and Sean Albert. Photo courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

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Visiting Artists to the Preston Singletary Studio

In late December the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host visiting artists Djambawa Marawili and Gunybi Ganambarr, along with Kade McDonald (Hanging Valley) from Australia. The artists collaborated on several unique glass pieces during their week-long visit.

In late December the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host visiting artists Djambawa Marawili and Gunybi Ganambarr, along with Kade McDonald (Director of Hanging Valley) from Australia. The artists collaborated on several unique glass pieces during their week-long visit.

Preston Singletary met Ganamburr in 2015 when Singletary visited Australia while taking part in a cultural exchange hosted by the United States Embassy.  While touring the country they forged a connection and planned on having the Australian artists visit Seattle in the future.

Djambawa Marawili is known as a leader in of the Madarrpa Clan as well as a renowned artist. His art resides in several museum collections and he is recognized as an activist in his community.  Marawili works in several mediums including “sculpture, bark painting and linocut, Marawili also produced the first screenprint image for the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Printspace”. 

Gunybi Ganambarr is noted for his innovative work with found materials.  The Australian wrote; "When Ganambarr was a young man, senior Yolngu artists recognized his ability and ensured he had the skills and knowledge to create the extraordinary bark paintings on show. These wonderfully complex and technically brilliant barks sit alongside new works that exploit the potential of materials found around mining sites. Using the layered webs of lines fundamental to traditional Yolngu painting and the incising of lines that characterizes Yolngu carving, he has reclaimed the insulation panels and rubber belts discarded by miners and transformed them into panels that combine traditional image-making with an enhanced sense of visual depth and tangible space. Ganambarr's work epitomizes the innovative and exploratory nature of contemporary Aboriginal arts practice.” Ganambarr ‘s work has also been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum.

This recent meeting between all of the artists to the Preston Singletary Studio focused on exploring different mediums, learning the glassblowing and design process, and working on new pieces collaboratively, the first of which is titled "Warrukay". 



Blown and sand carved glass
29.75” x 4.5”







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Sneak Peek: “Raven and the Box of Daylight” Exhibition 2018

A look at the upcoming "Raven and the Box of Daylight" Exhbition at the Museum of Glass in 2018. 

Opening in 2018 at the Museum of Glass, Raven and the Box of Daylight is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This myth holds great significance in the mythology of the Tlingit people as a revered creation tale. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit creation myth unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

The glass art of Preston Singletary is rooted in the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight. Primarily known for his celebration of Native American art and design, Singletary will explore new ways of working with glass inspired by Tlingit design principles. Tlingit objects were traditionally created for stagecraft, and were used to tell stories by representing elements of the natural world, as well as the histories of tribal families. By drawing upon this tradition, Singletary’s art creates a unique theatrical atmosphere, in which the pieces follow and enhance the exhibition narrative.

Raven and the Box of Daylight takes visitors on an experiential journey with Raven, and the transformation of darkness into light. Artworks by Preston Singletary, inspired by the creation myth and Tlingit art, are enhanced by exhibition text and audio-visual experiences. 

Text Courtesy of Museum of Glass. 


The Story of Raven and the Box of Daylight 

Raven looked around and the world was dark.  Raven encountered the fishermen of the night and asked, “Where is the Light?” He learned of the chief at the head of the Nass River who kept the light in his clan house.

Raven goes to the old chief, but is shooed away and learns of the chief’s daughter who drinks from the stream outside of the clan house. Raven devises a plan to transform himself into a speck of dirt and float into the young girl’s cup, in order to sneak into the house. Her servants see the dirt and they throw the water out. Raven decides to transform himself into a hemlock needle in the stream and tries again. This time the daughter drinks the water that contained the hemlock needle and she becomes pregnant with Raven in the form of a human baby.

Raven is born as a boy. The old chief wouldn’t deny his much loved grandson anything. The boy grew quickly and was very precocious. Raven, the boy, eventually discovered a box and asked to play with it. The chief and his mother refused but the boy screamed until the grandfather gave in. When no one was looking the boy opened the box and the Stars flew up through the smoke hole and into the night sky. They scolded the boy. After some time the old man forgot what his grandson had done, then Raven discovered another box. Raven asked to play with the box and they refused. So Raven started to scream and cry. They eventually gave the box to him and he opened it. The Moon floated from the box and up into the sky.

Finally the boy searched and found the final box. He again asked to play with it and everyone adamantly refused. So he cried and fussed until he drove everyone crazy. The old man relented again. They instructed him once again to not open the box. So he played with the box; slept with the box and ate off of the box.

The boy was growing tired of being human and decided to transform back into the Raven. One night when everyone was asleep, he crept to the box and slowly opened it. This was the box containing the Sun. Raven decided to flee the clan house, while daylight flooded throughout the world and everything was bathed in light.

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Raven Steals the Moon

Raven Steals the Moon


The Woman Who Was Transparent

The Woman Who Was Transparent




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