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Weaver’s Welcome

Learn more about the "Weaver's Welcome" sculpture recently unveiled at the new Burke Museum in Seattle. 

The Preston Singletary Studio is excited to announce the installation of “Weaver’s Welcome” at the new Burke Museum, which opened in October 2019.

The “Weaver’s Welcome” sculpture was created by artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and David Franklin. Created in cast glass and bronze, the sculpture represents the Salish traditions of weaving and respect for the knowledge of past generations.  This piece has elements that were also inspired by historical artifacts held within the Burke Museum collection.

Via artist Anthony Jones, “The ten foot tall human figure is designed in a classic Coast Salish style, reminiscent of historic welcome figures and interior longhouse posts found throughout the Salish Sea region.  The figure greets guests with raised hands and upward-facing palms, in a traditional Coast Salish sign of welcoming.  The relief carving incorporates classic Coast Salish design motifs using crescents and trigons.”

When planning for the sculpture the team noted that, “Our approach bridges the cultural diversity of the Northwest Coast. While our team is deeply versed in traditional knowledge and skills, each artist has applied these traditions to historic and contemporary mediums alike. Our team embraces a contemporary, architecturally integrated design approach rooted in a deep knowledge of traditional techniques”.


Weaver's Welcome
Burke Museum - Seattle, WA.
Cast glass and metal
125" x 42" x 24"

 

 

 

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Preston Singletary Studio News

Read about the latest updates from the Preston Singletary Studio

"Weaver's Welcome" at the Burke Museum

The Preston Singletary Studio is excited to announce the unveiling of a new sculpture titled “Weaver’s Welcome” at the new Burke Museum which opens on October 12th, 2019.

This piece was created by artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and David Franklin. Created in glass and bronze, “Weavers Welcome” represents the Salish traditions of weaving and respect for the knowledge of past generations. The ten foot tall figure will combine Salish motifs with imagery found in historical objects in the Burke’s collection, including baskets and carved wooden objects.

Via the artists: “Our approach bridges the cultural diversity of the Northwest Coast. While our team is deeply versed in traditional knowledge and skills, each artist has applied these traditions to historic and contemporary mediums alike. Our team embraces a contemporary, architecturally integrated design approach rooted in a deep knowledge of traditional techniques”.

Be part of the dedication ceremony for the "Weaver's Welcome" on Monday October 14th at 11AM at the Burke Museum

 

 

“Visions in the Fire” Documentary 

Announcing "Visions in the Fire" an upcoming feature length documentary about Preston Singletary. To be released in 2020, "Visions in the Fire" explores the life and work of Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary. The film follows Preston from his early search for identity through his ground breaking exhibition at the Museum of Glass while also focusing on the story arc of his return to his Native roots in Alaska. It highlights his inspiration and creative collaborations foregrounded against a history of the Tlingit people and the challenges they have faced including loss of culture, the tragic policies of colonialism and a lack of representation for Native Artists in the broader art world.


As Preston explains, “My work with glass transforms the notion that Native artists are only best when traditional materials are used. It has helped advocate on the behalf of all indigenous people — affirming that we are still here — that we are declaring who we are through our art in connection to our culture.” Join Preston Singletary and Heartstone Studios for a special fundraiser on October 20th, 2019 at the Preston Singletary Studio. 

 

 

Preston Singletary & Raven Skyriver Exhibition

Don't miss this new exhibition at the Stonington Gallery opening on Thursday Oct. 3rd. 2019 featuring works by Raven Skyriver and Preston Singletary. Via Stonington: "These two artists share a number of commonalities: they are both glass maestros with Tlingit heritage who are based in Washington. However, their artwork is excitingly different, as they explore the environment and culture of the Northwest Coast from varied angles".

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Preston Singletary at Blue Rain Gallery

See a new collection of blown glass art by Preston Singletary and collaborative pieces with Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano debuting at Blue Rain Gallery in August. 

Join Preston Singletary at Blue Rain Gallery for two entirely new collections of art, the first featuring collaborative works with the artist Harlan Reano and an additional collection of new blown glass pieces by Preston Singletary.

See both exhibitions at Blue Rain Gallery August 16th – 31st, 2019.


Synergy: A Collaboration in Glass
Preston Singletary & Harlan Reano

New Glass Sculptures
Preston Singletary

Join Preston Singletary for the Artist Reception on Friday August 16th, 2019 from 5 – 8:00PM.

 

Raven Rattle
Preston Singletary
Blown and sand carved glass
26.5” x 12” x 8.5”

 

Killer Whale Modernist
Preston Singletary
Blown and sand carved glass
22.5” x 20.5” x 4”

 

Spinning in the Air
Preston Singletary
Blown and sand carved glass
38” x 19” x 7”

 

Wildflower Vase
Preston Singletary & Harlan Reano
Blown and sand carved glass
12.5” x 14” x 9”

 

Starline
Preston Singletary & Harlan Reano
Blown and sand carved glass
10” x 11” x 11”

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New Collaborations with Harlan Reano

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming collection of new collaborative works by Harlan Reano and Preston Singletary. 

Recently the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host artist Harlan Reano, a leading potter from New Mexico, to work on their new collection of collaborative art in blown glass. New sculptures by Preston Singletary, along with these collaborative pieces with Reano, will be presented at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM August 16th – 31st, 2019. More details about this upcoming exhibit at: www.blueraingallery.com

 

Harlan Reano drawing the designs for the new pieces.

 

 

Wild Spinach Vase

Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano

Blown and sand carved glass

12.5" x 13" x 9"

 

 

Preston Singletary cutting the design work, prior to the piece being sand blasted. 

 

 

 

 

Starline

Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano

Blown and sand carved glass

10" x 11" x 11"

 

 

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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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