Showing For: February, 2018

Public Art & Commissions

A look at Preston Singletary's public art and site specific installations. 

In addition to museum and gallery shows, Preston Singletary has also created several public art and site-specific installations, with more being completed in the upcoming year.  Upcoming works of art will be installed in Anchorage, AK. and Seattle, WA. Below are examples of recent large-scale pieces created by Singletary.

In 2017 artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin began work with the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland OR. to design a large-scale public art piece in the Pearl District. Design work and fabrication began in Summer 2017 and in January 2018 the piece was installed on-site at NW 11th and Hoyt St. at the new Dianne Apartment building.  Constructed of steel, glass and lighting elements this piece stands over 20 feet tall.

This piece represents a Tlingit Dancing Staff, which were used by singers or dancers and thumped on the floor to keep time or waved in sync with music. This sculpture explores the dynamic relationship between the Wolf and the Raven, with the top depicting Raven holding the sun.


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 limited edition of three, each one in a different color and standing over eight feet tall. This smaller version of the "Killer Whale Totem" stands at 36 inches tall and has a similar color to the large 8 foot tall Totem that is currently being cast. 

Created in 2015 by Singletary, this glass Clan House screen and house posts were installed at the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau, Alaska. The screen shows a Northwest Coast design in sandblasted glass. On the left stands an Eagle warrior; while on the right stands a Raven created in a dark charcoal color. This screen measures approximately 11.5 feet high by 16 feet wide and weighs over 1000 lbs. It's created with 28 glass panels, 28 plexiglass panels, and over 200 custom made mounting bolts. Photo courtesy of Sealaska Heritage. 

To see more public art and commissioned pieces please visit the Commissions page.

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“Raven and the Box of Daylight” Exhibition

See the latest information on the upcoming “Raven and the Box of Daylight” exhibition debuting at the Museum of Glass.

The Preston Singletary Studio is currently focused on creating new works in blown glass for the upcoming “Raven and the Box of Daylight” exhibition debuting at the Museum of Glass

This major traveling exhibition will open in fall 2018 and pushes the limits for glass as a medium. Visitors will also experience unique lighting and soundscapes to illustrate the story of Raven.

“Raven and the Box of Daylight” is based on the Tlingit origin history of Raven who brought light into a previously dark world by releasing the sun, the moon and the stars.


Clan Figure

Clan Figure, 28" x 15" x 15", blown and sand carved glass. 

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Sneak Peek:  “Killer Whale Totem”  Mold Making and Casting

A behind the scenes look at the new monumental work by Preston Singletary, "Killer Whale Totem". 

The newest monumental work by Preston Singletary, “Killer Whale Totem”, is preparing to be cast in lead crystal. Following the successful completion of the first “Family Story Totem” series, this new large totem pole features Singletary’s clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center, his moiety (the Eagle) on top, and a thunderbird in the center that represents David Svenson who is the carver of the wooden pole.

Standing at nearly 8 feet tall the “Killer Whale Totem” will weigh close to 2,500 pounds and will be larger than the “Family Story Totem”. Created in a very limited edition of three totems total, each one will be cast in a unique color in lead crystal.

The first totem in the edition is in the mold phase in the Czech Republic, using a lost wax process. Below are photos of the original wood model with wax and plaster molds. The next step is selecting the color for the lead crystal and casting the totem in several sections. Once cast into the molds each section will take approximately 10 weeks to anneal. The “Killer Whale Totem” is projected to take twelve months to complete from start to finish.

Stay tuned for updates on this exceptional project. Please feel free to contact the Preston Singletary Studio with any questions.


   Killer Whale Totem



Watch an interview with Preston Singletary as he discusses the “Family Story Totem “, which was the first in the monumental glass totem series.

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New Album by Khu.éex’ - “They Forgot They Survived”

Learn more about the band Khu.éex’ and their new album "They Forgot They Survived" featuring Preston Singletary on bass. 

Tlingit tribal member and glass artist Preston Singletary founded the band Khu.éex’ , a one-of-a-kind collaboration, with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking heads, Skerik collaborator with Pearl Jam, Stanton Moore of Galactic, Captain Raab of Red Earth, and tribal members Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan.

Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska. Singletary thought of the name Khu.éex' because of the notion of sharing culture, stories, and music. This is the intent of Khu.éex', to present a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others.

Following their debut album, The Wilderness Within", the second album “They Forgot They Survived” was recently released. This triple vinyl album also features Preston Singletary on bass and a specially designed etched side by the artist.


“They Forgot They Survived” was recorded at Avast Studio in Seattle with Randall Dunn (Engineer/Record Producer of the Cave Singers). This new album by Khu.éex’ features Great Northwest Native storytelling driven by the pulse of funk/rock beats.

Preston Singletary notes his context for the new album as ,“The framing of indigenous people as victims has long affected the tribal youth resulting in a disconnect from the awakenings of their ancestors before them. Natives have survived and are thriving through their passionate culture that has been kept alive through the ups and downs of modern life. Khu.éex’ embodies the native spirit in its purest form of music showing that their cultural heritage will always survive. This album is not only beautiful sonically, but also visually in that it is truly a one of a kind piece of artwork. There is something deeply special to its creation that many will connect with and have a better understanding of the native people.”

Check out the new Khu.éex’ YouTube channel  for exclusive music videos, band interviews, clips from an upcoming Khu.éex’ documentary  and more.

Buy both albums by Khu.éex’ at or at the Light In the Attic Record Store located at the Gathering Space at KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle.



“Though it is described as a funk band, Khu.éex’ is far more than that, mixing Native American song and spoken word with atmospheric, visionary jazz improvisation in a way that recalls the ecstatic ’70s jazz-funk work of groups like Weather Report or Carlos Santana.” - Paul De Barros, The Seattle Times.


Preston Singletary & Bernie Worrell

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Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass, Opening in 2018.

Learn more about the upcoming major exhibiton, "The Raven and the Box of Daylight" at the Museum of Glass, opening October 2018. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

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. - Text Courtesy of Museum of Glass.

The upcoming Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibit at the Museum of Glass uses Singletary’s glass sculptures as the foundation, while pushing boundaries with added video and soundscape elements woven throughout. Starting in darkness and ending in light, the visitor will encounter depictions of the Nass River, Raven’s transformation, a Clan House and finally the world in daylight.          

Below is the origin history of the Raven and the Box of Daylight. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Raven looked around and noticed that the world was dark.  Raven encountered the fishermen of the night and asked, “Where is the Light?” They told Raven of the chief at the head of the Nass River who kept the light in his clan house.
Raven decided to go to the old chief, but was shooed away.  He learns of the chief’s daughter who drinks from the stream outside of the clan house. In order to sneak into the house, Raven devises a plan to transform himself into a speck of dirt and float into the young girl’s cup. Her servants see the dirt and they throw the water out. Raven then decides to transform himself into a hemlock needle in the stream and tries again. This time the daughter drinks the water that contains the hemlock needle and she becomes pregnant with Raven in the form of a human baby boy.

The old chief wouldn’t deny his much loved grandson anything. The boy grew quickly and was very precocious. Raven, disguised as 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, and 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 found the final box. He again asked to play with it and everyone adamantly refused. So he cried until 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. However, 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.


Mark your calendars for the Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass, opening October 2018. Below are examples of pieces that will appear in this unique exhibiton. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Raven and the Box of Daylight, cast lead crystal, 37.5" x 8.5" x 6.25. Depicting the Raven holding the Sun and two figures standing on a box. 


The Woman Who Was Transparent, blown and sand carved glass, 20" x 14" x 14" 


Raven in a Water Droplet, blown and sand-carved glass, 15.5" x 3" x 3" 

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