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Guest artist Lewis Gardiner in the studio!

In November, we welcomed back our friend from New Zealand, renowned jade carver Lewis Tamihana Gardiner.  He and Preston are working on a new collection of works that combine the blown glass and Tlingit designs of Preston with the stunning jade work and Maori designs of Lewis!

It's been a busy autumn here at Preston Singletary Inc.!  

In November, we welcomed back our friend from New Zealand, renowned jade carver Lewis Tamihana Gardiner.  He and Preston are working on a new collection of works that combine the blown glass and Tlingit designs of Preston with the stunning jade work and Maori designs of Lewis!  

Their first collaboration was for the 2007 Spirit Wrestler Gallery exhibition Fire and Water, which was a great success and produced some of their most iconic pieces. Check out selections from that show here: Fire & Water.

Here are some photos from that week in the studio! (All photos by Russell Johnson.)

  

  

 

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At work in the hot shop!

Hard at work on some new Oystercatcher Rattles.

After a busy Autumn season, it's great to get back to work in the hot shop.  A couple of weeks ago, Russell Johnson (one of our favorite photographers) stopped by on a blowing day to capture some of the excitement.  Here, Preston and his team are working on some new Oystercatcher Rattles.

All photos are by Russell Johnson.

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The Start of a Busy Summer Schedule!

A rundown of our busy summer season!

Summer 2013 will be a very busy one for all of us at Preston Singletary Inc.!  

When Bears Could Talk, 2013 (Blue Rain Gallery)

We kicked off the summer with some new works at Blue Rain Gallery in their Group Glass Show, alongside Dante Marioni, Rik Allen, Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Nancy Callan, Sean O’Neill, Armelle Bouchet O’Neill, Benjamin Moore, Cassandria Blackmore, Sibylle Peretti, Jeremy Lepisto, and Elodie Holmes.  

Midway through June, Schantz Galleries unveiled some of Preston's new works for their summer season, and will release a catalog later in the summer.

Under the Still Water, 2013 (Schantz Galleries)

In July, Preston will travel to Chicago to install the first of three monumental Family Story Totems.  The totem will travel from the Czech Republic with members of the crew that cast it to install it in a very unique place - on the 62nd floor of a high-rise overlooking Lake Michigan!  The installation promises to be interesting, and there will be a film-crew recording it and the beginning stages of a new totem for a documentary about Preston that starts production this summer.

Thunderbird and Killer Whale, 2013 (Schantz Galleries)

Gray Goose, 2013 (Blue Rain Gallery)

August will be a VERY busy month:

  • Preston will have a solo exhibition at Blue Rain Gallery opening August 1 that will feature all new works.  
  • The following weekend, on August 9, Preston turns 50!  
  • The next weekend, SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe will kick off and Preston will add a few more pieces to his show at Blue Rain.  
  • He'll fly back to perform with Little Big Band at the Sky Church at EMP as a part of the Seattle Center Festál Indigenous Cultures Day on August 18.
  • August 23, Preston will celebrate his birthday with a private concert by one of his musical heroes, Bernie Worrell.
  • August 24, Little Big Band will open for the Bernie Worrell Orchestra at a public show at Columbia City's The Royal Room (tickets are still available!)

And that brings us to Labor Day Weekend, when we'll be celebrating a successful summer season, rest a little, and get ready for 3 more shows in the fall!

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MEET THE TEAM: AN ONGOING SERIES

To give you a peek into the daily workings of the studio, here are some photos taken by our favorite photographer, Russell Johnson, of our three full-time artist’s assistants: Brittaney Shanta, Terri Rau, and Maurice Caldwell.

Here at Preston Singletary Glass, we work with many talented artists and technicians. Over the next several months, we will be introducing you to the team members.

To give you a peek into the daily workings of the studio, here are some photos taken by our favorite photographer, Russell Johnson, of our three full-time artist’s assistants: Brittaney Shanta, Terri Rau, and Maurice Caldwell.  They’re busy working on pieces for the upcoming collaborative exhibition between Preston and his longtime friend Dante Marioni, to be premiered at SOFA Chicago and presented by Blue Rain Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico!

 

Brittaney Shanta, pattern cutting and weeding:

 

Terri Rau, basket weaving and sandblasting:

 

Maurice Caldwell, basket design and piece preparation:

 

 

 

 

Dante and Preston have been friends since high school – with Dante introducing Preston to glass art – but this is the first time the have professionally collaborated.  The resulting pieces embody the strengths of both artists: the intricate canework, elegant vessel forms, and traditional Italian techniques of Marioni, combined with the strong formline design, Native American symbolism, and dynamic sandcarving of Singletary.   Look for images of the finished work here in November, and for sale via Blue Rain Gallery!

All photos © Russell Johnson, 2011.

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