Category: Family Story Totem

Final Phase - Killer Whale Totem

A look at the final steps before the new Killer Whale Totem is completed. 

The Killer Whale Totem, the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary, is almost complete and has been successfully cast in lead crystal. The final step in this year–long process is finishing and refining all of the surface areas.

Following the completion of the first Family Story Totem series, The Killer Whale Totem features Singletary’s moiety (the Eagle) on top, his clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center, and a thunderbird that represents David Svenson who is the carver of the wooden pole.

This process started in winter 2017; first the totem was carved in wood, which was then used to create a mold. Using a lost wax process the piece was then cast in several sections. Standing at nearly eight feet tall the Killer Whale Totem will weigh close to 2,500 pounds when completed.

Stay tuned for updates on this exceptional project and as we unveil the final piece. Please feel free to contact the Preston Singletary Studio with any questions.


Killer Whale Totem  - Carved Wood, 106” x 33.5” x 22”


Killer Whale Totem - Cast lead crystal, small version 36” tall


A Modern Creation Story  - A look at how the Family Story Totem was created in lead crystal. 

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Large “Killer Whale Totem”

Introducing the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary to be cast in lead crystal, “Killer Whale Totem”. Stay tuned for updates of this exceptional project as we follow the progress from this early stage to the final work.

Introducing the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary to be cast in lead crystal, “Killer Whale Totem”.  Following the success of the “Family Story Totem”, this large totem pole features Singletary’s clan crest (Killer Whale) in the center, his moiety (Eagle) on top, and a thunderbird in the center that represents David Svenson, the carver of the wooden pole. At the bottom are soul catcher forms flanking human faces.

At nearly 8 feet tall the “Killer Whale Totem” will weigh close to 3,000 pounds when complete. Created in a very limited edition of three totems total, each will be in a different color. A mold will be crafted from the wood model and then used to cast the piece in lead crystal. This monumental totem will be cast in the Czech Republic and is projected to take twelve months to complete. The wood model to create the first of the series has recently been sent to the Czech Republic.

Stay tuned for updates of this exceptional project as we follow the progress from this early stage to the final work. 




“Killer Whale Totem” - Carved Wood Model



Learn more about the “Family Story Totem”, the first in the completed series of large scale totems by Preston Singletary.

Learn more about the smaller "Killer Whale Totem" in lead crystal, the first of which was recently completed. 

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Killer Whale Totem

Introducing the newest totem piece by Preston Singletary, the “Killer Whale Totem”.

Introducing the newest totem piece by Preston Singletary, the “Killer Whale Totem”. This totem includes his moiety (Eagle) on top, and Singletary’s clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center. A Thunderbird, emerges from the mouth of the Killer Whale. This Thunderbird represents David Swenson’s crest symbol, Svenson is the carver of the original wooden totem pole version and one of Singletary’s mentors. At the bottom of the totem is the Wolf design, the original moiety for the tribe, which was replaced by the contemporary depiction of an Eagle.

This piece is also in the process of becoming a larger full-sized totem, created in glass and standing at 8 feet tall. Stay tuned as we post photos of the larger version, which will also be cast in lead crystal.

To see Singletary’s first full-sized totem, “Family Story Totem” please visit Here


Killer Whale Totem

Killer Whale Totem, 36" x 11" x 8" , Cast Lead Crystal

Killer Whale Totem, Detail


Kiler Whale Totem, Detail

Killer Whale Totem, Full View

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The Latest “Family Story Totem”

The latest in the "Family Story Totem" series is almost complete. 

Introducing the newest “Family Story Totem” in cast lead crystal, the final in this series of three monumental totems representing Singletary’s great grandmother and her pet bear cub that she had as a child.

Stay posted for more photos of this work as final touches are completed and installation begins. Also, stay tuned as the next series of monumental lead crystal totems by Preston Singletary are announced! 



Family Story Totem, Detail  

Above Images: Approval visit by the artist at the Czech Republic Studio, where the "Family Story Totem" was cast.

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The Start of a Busy Summer Schedule!

A rundown of our busy summer season!

Summer 2013 will be a very busy one for all of us at Preston Singletary Inc.!  

When Bears Could Talk, 2013 (Blue Rain Gallery)

We kicked off the summer with some new works at Blue Rain Gallery in their Group Glass Show, alongside Dante Marioni, Rik Allen, Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Nancy Callan, Sean O’Neill, Armelle Bouchet O’Neill, Benjamin Moore, Cassandria Blackmore, Sibylle Peretti, Jeremy Lepisto, and Elodie Holmes.  

Midway through June, Schantz Galleries unveiled some of Preston's new works for their summer season, and will release a catalog later in the summer.

Under the Still Water, 2013 (Schantz Galleries)

In July, Preston will travel to Chicago to install the first of three monumental Family Story Totems.  The totem will travel from the Czech Republic with members of the crew that cast it to install it in a very unique place - on the 62nd floor of a high-rise overlooking Lake Michigan!  The installation promises to be interesting, and there will be a film-crew recording it and the beginning stages of a new totem for a documentary about Preston that starts production this summer.

Thunderbird and Killer Whale, 2013 (Schantz Galleries)

Gray Goose, 2013 (Blue Rain Gallery)

August will be a VERY busy month:

  • Preston will have a solo exhibition at Blue Rain Gallery opening August 1 that will feature all new works.  
  • The following weekend, on August 9, Preston turns 50!  
  • The next weekend, SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe will kick off and Preston will add a few more pieces to his show at Blue Rain.  
  • He'll fly back to perform with Little Big Band at the Sky Church at EMP as a part of the Seattle Center Festál Indigenous Cultures Day on August 18.
  • August 23, Preston will celebrate his birthday with a private concert by one of his musical heroes, Bernie Worrell.
  • August 24, Little Big Band will open for the Bernie Worrell Orchestra at a public show at Columbia City's The Royal Room (tickets are still available!)

And that brings us to Labor Day Weekend, when we'll be celebrating a successful summer season, rest a little, and get ready for 3 more shows in the fall!

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