Friday January 26, 2018 | by Malcolm Morano

Only five days left to apply for a Pilchuck Summer 2018 scholarship

Pilchuck Glass School is offering a robust series of scholarships for its Summer 2018, and week-long Fall 2018, sessions. Due by midnight – Pacific time – on February 1st, scholarship applications will put students in consideration for general scholarships, a long list of specialized scholarships, and two incredible artistic merit scholarship opportunities: a residency at Norway’s S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery, and a multi-week live/work program in the glassmaking Mecca of Murano, Italy (supported by Laguna B).

If you’re enrolled in a university art program, there is a good chance that you’re eligible for one of the many Partner Institution scholarships; and artists without much glass experience should not be discouraged, as the guideline emphasizes, “you do not need to have images of work in glass to be considered for a scholarship.” For more information on scholarship opportunities and how to apply, visit this page.

As in the past, Pilchuck’s Summer 2018 program is organized into six two-week sessions, each organized around a central theme. This year’s themes are Form + Function, Ephemeral, Metrics, Method, Archetype, and Corporeal. As part of the “Ephemeral” session, California State University at Fullerton professor Hiromi Takizawa will be teaching an experimental installation course focused on creating works in the natural landscape surrounding the Stanwood, Washington, school’s campus. Glassblower, text-based artist, and GASnews contributor, David Schnuckel will be using the “Metrics” session to teach a course on writing glass criticism that explores the nuances of glass materiality and culture. An artist renowned for his technical prowess, Czech figurative glass sculptor Martin Janecky, will be teaching a glassblowing and hot-sculpting class on using “unique techniques,” fittingly in the “Method” session. And in the final session, “Corporeal,” a class led by lauded glass artist Laura Donefer and artist-craftsman Jeff Mack will create objects that culminate in a collaborative, class-wide “Cabinet of Curiosities.”

S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery was recently profiled in Glass Quarterly Issue #149 (Winter 2017-8), in a feature article written by experimental glass artist and head of the University of Texas, Arlington glass programJustin Ginsberg. The studio, located in Bergen, Norway, is funded in large part by Norwegian government programs, allowing it to support both established and emerging artists pushing boundaries in the material of glass. The top artistic merit scholarship applicant, chosen by an outside jury, will receive a residency at the cutting-edge gallery.

In addition to student scholarships, applications for the artist assistant, teaching assistant, and summer staff positions are also due on February 1st. For more information on the Pilchuck Summer and Fall 2018 program, and scholarship opportunities, visit

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