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New Works from the Preston Singletary Studio

New Works from the Preston Singletary Studio: An Inside Look

New Works from the Preston Singletary Studio: An Inside Look
 

“Annual Celebration of Native American Art”

It has been an extremely reflective and intense time during this period of Covid 19. During the spring I was not working in the hot process, which is team oriented, rather the isolation opened up the time and opportunity to finish many existing pieces in the studio.

The work included in the “Annual Celebration of Native American Art” at the Blue Rain Gallery is a variety of new art that builds on formats that I’ve been experimenting with sculpturally and esthetically. The vessel forms pay homage to my glass blowing roots and are adorned with flowing form line designs, while the colors are bright, meditative and reference a sort of modernist sensibility.

A return to the Crest Hat format is one that I go to intermittently. These forms are like a canvas for new design of crest animals that represent different families, and the design pattern evolves with time and my ability to reimagine newer ways of interpreting the figures.

“Raven and The North Winds” is a mobile, which represents Raven when he was fishing, when the sun made him so hot and uncomfortable, that he called on the winds to blow hard so that he could continue his activity of food gathering.

I look forward to sharing this new collection of blown glass sculptures at the Blue Rain Gallery “Annual Celebration of Native American Art” running from August 14th – 25th, 2020.

 

White Smoke, Under The Blue Sky, Sacred Woods, and Long White Cloud
Blown and Sand Carved Glass
Height varies from 27.5" to 15.5" 

 

Shark Clan Hat
Blown and sand carved glass
7.75" x 16.75"

 

Raven in the North Winds
Blown and sand carved glass, bronze

 


New Work with Raven Skyriver

Shortly after gradually reopening the hot shop at the Studio in July I was able to collaborate with the artist Raven Skyriver on a new collection of blown glass sculptures. This is our second collaboration together where we were able to meld our distinct styles into glass. 

 

 

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A Special Message From Preston Singletary and the Upcoming Exhibit at the Traver Gallery

A special message from the Studio about the Coronavirus and the upcoming Traver Gallery exhibit.  

A Special Message From the Preston Singletary Studio

Hello from the Preston Singletary Studio,

Hard news first……... My heart goes out to my own father who has been diagnosed with cancer at 80 years old. If things weren’t strange enough, now the staff at the Studio are actively practicing social distancing after having built a large body of new work for the Traver Gallery for my upcoming "Artifacts From a Future Dream" exhibition.

Very soon the Traver Gallery and I will be virtually sharing my latest work with you. We are going to shoot special videos and provide details about the latest collection of art that we’ve produced here at the studio. It is my hope that sharing this with you will be welcomed, and a small distraction to the isolation we are going to have to endure for some time. Please check out these upcoming videos on either my Facebook or Instagram accounts.

A personal note of thanks to my studio team (of hard working people!) We are figuring out ways to keep on working here at the studio as we monitor what is going on here in the state of Washington as well as around the world. At the moment, it seems that we will try to continue to create art work while the world is waiting for this virus to run its course.

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

Our hearts go out to to your families and to my close friends, artists and musicians that will be having a hard time getting through all this. To the arts organizations, restaurants, everyone within the matrix of our society, especially the health care workers who are on the front lines trying to help in this crisis, thank you!

We hope that you and your families are healthy and safe.

- Preston Singletary and the PSI Crew

 

Artifacts from a Future Dream at the Traver Gallery

See a collection of blown glass sculptures by Preston Singletary at the "Artifacts from a Future Dream" exhibition at the Traver Gallery, Thursday, April 2nd – Saturday, April 25th, 2020. 

Can't see the exhibit in person? Traver Gallery can connect with you digitally via email or phone. Contact the gallery for hi-resolution photos, detailed information and more about the pieces appearing in the exhibit.

"The forms in this show range from traditional to abstract. New color combinations explore another perspective in my work." - Preston Singletary 

 

Into Clear Water

Blown and sand carved glass

21" x 15" x 3.5"

 

Eagle Dish

Blown and sand carved glass

10" x 17" x 8.5"

 

Supernatural

Blown and sand carved glass

18.25" x 8" x 14"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot Shop Sneak Peek

Get a behind the scenes look at the Preston Singletary Studio hot shop. 

Take a behind the scenes look at the Preston Singletary Studio hot shop team as they work on new pieces created in blown glass. Pictured below are Preston Singletary, Sean Albert, Janusz Pozniak, Ross Richmond, and Dave Walters. Photos courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

 

 
 
 
 

Photo by Sean Albert

 


See Pieces by Preston Singletary at These Exhibitions:

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight
Museum of Glass
Currently on view until September 2, 2019

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 story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

 

Illuminated Forest
Traver Gallery
April 4th – April 27th, 2019

Visit the Traver Gallery for the "Illuminated Forest" exhibition featuring new blown glass sculptures by Preston Singletary. Attend the Opening Reception on Thursday April 4th, 5-8:00 PM.

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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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Upcoming Projects and Exhibitions

Explore several upcoming projects by Preston Singletary including upcoming exhibits and the large Killer Whale Totem project. 

Upcoming Exhibits and Projects

The Air World
Traver Gallery
Opens April 5th

"This show is my second exploration of the natural elements, Air. The domain of the birds. Our precious gift of air, one of the important elements of life and seemingly one that we take for granted." - Preston Singletary

Join us for an Artist Talk with Preston Singletary on Saturday April 21st at 1:00 PM at the Traver Gallery. 

  

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Museum of Glass
October 2018

Visit the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. for the Raven and the Box of Daylight, the unique solo exhibition by Preston Singletary, which tells the Tlingit origin story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This traveling exhibition will debut at the Museum of Glass in October.

  

 

Killer Whale Totem - Casting Stage 

In 2017 Preston Singletary started the large “Killer Whale Totem” series, which is currently being cast in lead crystal. Following the successful completion of the “Family Story Totem” series, the "Killer Whale Totem" shows 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 and one of Singletary’s mentors. The Thunderbird emerges from the mouth of the Killer Whale, which represents Swenson’s crest symbol. At the bottom is the Wolf design, the original moiety for the tribe, which was replaced by the contemporary depiction of an Eagle.


The “Killer Whale Totem” will be created in a very limited edition of three, each one in a different color,  standing over eight feet tall and weighing approximately 2,600 pounds each. This smaller version of the "Killer Whale Totem" stands at 36 inches tall and has a similar amber color to the large 8 foot tall totem that is currently being cast and expected to be completed within the next few months. Learn more about the full scale Killer Whale Totem project here


  

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