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Join Preston Singletary virtually to learn about the development of Singletary's work, new projects, and more.

Join Preston Singletary virtually to learn about the development of Singletary's work, new projects, and the unique dimension that his glass sculptures bring to contemporary indigenous art.

See recent Artist Talks on the Preston Singletary Studio YouTube Channel. Explore videos including a special Happy Hour with the Traver Gallery, a Conversation on Native Glass with Blue Rain Gallery, an Artist Talk with the Sandra Ainsley Gallery and much more. 

Looking for a Podcast? Listen to Singletary discuss contemporary Indigenous glass art on the Talking Out Your Glass podcast hosted by Shawn Waggoner, or listen to Coastal Cafe, hosted by MaryAnn Wagner and produced at the University of Washington. This episode features Singletary talking about how his Tlingit heritage relates to his art and band, Khu.éex', which he co-founded and plays bass in.

Now is also a great time to take a look back at the Craft in America Nature episode that features Preston Singletary and includes artists who explore the beauty and wonder of the natural world. 

 

 

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Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience

See a special virtual Artist Talk with Preston Singletary as part of “Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience”.

See a special virtual Artist Talk with Preston Singletary as part of “Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience” and get an inside look at his blown glass art, inspirations and upcoming projects.

Refract runs from October 15th - 18th, 2020 and brings together a variety of art organizations and artists to host events throughout the Seattle region. Check out additional Artist Talks that Preston Singletary has done recently at the Preston Singletary Studio YouTube channel.

The Seattle Glass Story & Refract 
Though glass has ancient traditions in Europe, it’s a relatively young art form in the United States. Just over 50 years ago, factory facilities were producing glass works, but the idea of “glass art” didn’t exist. In 1962, the first glass program in America brought the idea of studio glass to fruition, marking a fundamental shift in glassblowing in America. The Studio Glass movement put greater emphasis on the artist as designer and maker and encouraged the creation of one-of-a-kind objects.

Since those beginnings, interest and experimentation with glass art has flourished, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, a recent study led by the Glass Art Society found the Pacific Northwest is the leading regional hub for glass art in the United States. More than 700 glass artists, from emerging artists to master glassmakers, live in Washington. Pilchuck Glass School, an internationally renowned center for glass art education, is thriving here. More than 100 glass art studios made their home in our region.

 

Refract: Artist Talk with Preston Singletary 

 

 

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New Artist Talks with Preston Singletary

Explore new videos of recent Preston Singletary Artist Talks, the stories behind select sculptures, interviews and more.

For the past few months Preston Singletary has been able to engage in several virtual Artist Talks with select galleries and arts organizations. Usually done as in person events, these virtual Artist Talks provide in-depth insight about Singletary’s art process, inspiration and future projects.

Visit  the Preston Singletary Studio Channel on YouTube to see videos of recent Artist Talks, the stories behind select sculptures, interviews and more.

“In my view, my only option is to continue to create positivity and beauty as best I can through my art.” - Preston Singletary

 

 

Here is the latest Preston Singletary Artist Lecture from Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

 

 

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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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“Talking Out Your Glass” Podcast interview with Preston Singletary.

Listen to the recent Glass Art magazine podcast, “Talking Out Your Glass”, featuring an interview with Preston Singletary.

Listen to the recent Glass Art magazine podcast, “Talking Out Your Glass”, featuring an interview with Preston Singletary. 

“Talking Out Your Glass”, features the Editor of Glass Art magazine, Shawn Waggoner, interviewing a variety of internationally noted artists about several wide ranging topics.

Hear Preston Singletary chat about his inspiration for his art, upcoming special projects, and his band Khu.éex’, which fuses Tlingit storytelling with rock/funk.

Listen on itunes or Stitcher right now.

 

Family Story Totem - Preston Singletary

"Family Story Totem"

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