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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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Craft in America & Preston Singletary

See the latest PBS Episode of Craft in America featuring Preston Singletary. 

The air date has been announced for the latest “Craft in America” episode, featuring Preston Singletary. Make sure to check your local listings for “Craft in America: Nature” airing Friday April 21st, 2017 to see an interview with Preston about his art.


In May 2016 the award-winning PBS show “Craft in America” filmed at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle, WA. The team filmed a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at the different phases of creating pieces in blown glass, interviewed Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis about Tlingit culture and received greater insight directly from Preston Singletary on his art.

Visit the “Craft in America” website to explore past episodes, featured artists and to learn more about this award-winning series.

See Singletary’s Artist Page


 

Craft in America’s mission includes:

“…To document and advance original handcrafted work through programs in all media, accessible to all. We are dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft, the work of the hand, and their impact on our nation’s cultural heritage.”

 

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Visiting Artists to the Preston Singletary Studio

In late December the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host visiting artists Djambawa Marawili and Gunybi Ganambarr, along with Kade McDonald (Hanging Valley) from Australia. The artists collaborated on several unique glass pieces during their week-long visit.

In late December the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host visiting artists Djambawa Marawili and Gunybi Ganambarr, along with Kade McDonald (Director of Hanging Valley) from Australia. The artists collaborated on several unique glass pieces during their week-long visit.

Preston Singletary met Ganamburr in 2015 when Singletary visited Australia while taking part in a cultural exchange hosted by the United States Embassy.  While touring the country they forged a connection and planned on having the Australian artists visit Seattle in the future.

Djambawa Marawili is known as a leader in of the Madarrpa Clan as well as a renowned artist. His art resides in several museum collections and he is recognized as an activist in his community.  Marawili works in several mediums including “sculpture, bark painting and linocut, Marawili also produced the first screenprint image for the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Printspace”. 

Gunybi Ganambarr is noted for his innovative work with found materials.  The Australian wrote; "When Ganambarr was a young man, senior Yolngu artists recognized his ability and ensured he had the skills and knowledge to create the extraordinary bark paintings on show. These wonderfully complex and technically brilliant barks sit alongside new works that exploit the potential of materials found around mining sites. Using the layered webs of lines fundamental to traditional Yolngu painting and the incising of lines that characterizes Yolngu carving, he has reclaimed the insulation panels and rubber belts discarded by miners and transformed them into panels that combine traditional image-making with an enhanced sense of visual depth and tangible space. Ganambarr's work epitomizes the innovative and exploratory nature of contemporary Aboriginal arts practice.” Ganambarr ‘s work has also been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum.

This recent meeting between all of the artists to the Preston Singletary Studio focused on exploring different mediums, learning the glassblowing and design process, and working on new pieces collaboratively, the first of which is titled "Warrukay". 

 

Warrukay

Warrukay
Blown and sand carved glass
29.75” x 4.5”

 

  

 

 

 

 

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The Latest “Family Story Totem”

The latest in the "Family Story Totem" series is almost complete. 

Introducing the newest “Family Story Totem” in cast lead crystal, the final in this series of three monumental totems representing Singletary’s great grandmother and her pet bear cub that she had as a child.

Stay posted for more photos of this work as final touches are completed and installation begins. Also, stay tuned as the next series of monumental lead crystal totems by Preston Singletary are announced! 

 

 

Family Story Totem, Detail  

Above Images: Approval visit by the artist at the Czech Republic Studio, where the "Family Story Totem" was cast.

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Craft in America

In May 2016 the PBS show “Craft in America” filmed at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle, WA and filmed a behind the scenes look at Preston Singletary and his art process. 

In May 2016 the PBS show “Craft in America” filmed at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle, WA. The “Craft in America” crew got a special look at the art glass process, interviewed Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis about Tlingit culture and received greater insight from Preston Singletary on his art. A distinct focus was given to pieces that will be featured in the “Raven and the Box of Daylight” solo exhibition at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA to be presented in 2018.

Craft in America’s mission includes:

“…To document and advance original handcrafted work through programs in all media, accessible to all. We are dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft, the work of the hand, and their impact on our nation’s cultural heritage.”

Preston Singletary will be included in the “Nature “episode of “Craft in America”, which is currently in production and will air within the next few months. Visit the “Craft in America” website to explore past episodes, featured artists and to learn more about this award-winning series.

 

 

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