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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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Killer Whale Totem

Introducing the newest totem piece by Preston Singletary, the “Killer Whale Totem”.

Introducing the newest totem piece by Preston Singletary, the “Killer Whale Totem”. This totem includes his moiety (Eagle) on top, and Singletary’s clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center. A Thunderbird, emerges from the mouth of the Killer Whale. This Thunderbird represents David Swenson’s crest symbol, Svenson is the carver of the original wooden totem pole version and one of Singletary’s mentors. At the bottom of the totem is the Wolf design, the original moiety for the tribe, which was replaced by the contemporary depiction of an Eagle.


This piece is also in the process of becoming a larger full-sized totem, created in glass and standing at 8 feet tall. Stay tuned as we post photos of the larger version, which will also be cast in lead crystal.

To see Singletary’s first full-sized totem, “Family Story Totem” please visit Here

 

Killer Whale Totem

Killer Whale Totem, 36" x 11" x 8" , Cast Lead Crystal

Killer Whale Totem, Detail

 

Kiler Whale Totem, Detail

Killer Whale Totem, Full View

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“Talking Out Your Glass” Podcast interview with Preston Singletary.

Listen to the recent Glass Art magazine podcast, “Talking Out Your Glass”, featuring an interview with Preston Singletary.

Listen to the recent Glass Art magazine podcast, “Talking Out Your Glass”, featuring an interview with Preston Singletary. 

“Talking Out Your Glass”, features the Editor of Glass Art magazine, Shawn Waggoner, interviewing a variety of internationally noted artists about several wide ranging topics.

Hear Preston Singletary chat about his inspiration for his art, upcoming special projects, and his band Khu.éex’, which fuses Tlingit storytelling with rock/funk.

Listen on itunes or Stitcher right now.

 

Family Story Totem - Preston Singletary

"Family Story Totem"

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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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Contribute to the Khu.éex’ Kickstarter Campaign Today!

Preston Singletary founded this 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.

 

Tlingit tribal member Preston Singletary founded this 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”  will be released on triple vinyl and was created 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. Stay tuned for updates about the future release of the second album by Khu.éex’.

Khu.éex’ is excited to announce that they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help release the second album, “They Forgot They Survived” , after the successful debut album, “The Wilderness Within”. Be part of the first wave of support. Rewards for contributors include glass art by Preston Singletary, music, a chance to meet the band while sitting in during a live recording session and having your name listed in the album credits!

Contribute Today - Kickstarter Campaign Ends Jan. 2nd!

 

 

The Birth of Khu.éex'

Khu.éex’ began with a chance meeting between Preston Singletary and the late Bernie Worrell through a campaign where Worrell was raising funds for a tour bus to bring the music to the people. Singletary invited Worrell to play at his birthday party, where Singletary sang Worrell a traditional Native song to welcome him. Worrell sat down at his keyboards and began improvising on the melody that was still lingering in the air. He created a spontaneous, psychedelic and soulful composition right on the spot that birthed a new direction in his music.

The next day Worrell asked Singletary’s band, “A Little Big Band” (a Native funk/soul band), to be the opening act for his show. After the concert Worrell shared with Singletary that he had several exciting ideas and that they should record together. An amazing union was formed.

 

Bernie Worrell and Preston Singletary

 

Band Members

Bernie Worrell – Keyboards - (Cherokee) Worrell played with countless musicians, but most notably was the founding member of the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic. He previously played with the Talking Heads and had released many solo records over the years.

Preston Singletary – Bass - (Tlingit) Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. He is involved with “A Little Big Band” a Native folk and soul band.

Captain Raab – Guitar - (Blackfoot) Raab has played in the band Red Earth, out of Albuquerque, which is a Native Funk rock band.

Clarissa Rizal – Vocals - (Tlingit) Rizal is a multi media artist and weaver who performs spoken word and sings traditional Native songs. Rizal has been essential in explaining the songs from a traditional context.

Gene Tagaban – Vocals - (Tlingit) Tagaban performs spoken word, traditional singing and storytelling, as well as playing flute. He is an influential storyteller, speaker, mentor and performer within the community.

Skerik – Saxophone- An avant-garde sax player who plays in notable projects including Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois and NW supergroup Mad Season.

Stanton Moore – Drums - An accomplished drummer based out of New Orleans, and has played with a wide variety of musicians. Moore is also noted as the founding member of Galactic.

Nahaan – Vocals - (Tlingit) A Tlingit speaker who has been dedicating his time to learning, composing songs and rhyming in the Tlingit language.

Randall Dunn - Producer, Audio Engineer - A highly respected producer who has worked with legendary jazz musicians such as John Zorn and Eyvind Kang.

 

Learn more about the Khu.éex’ Kickstarter Campaign. Contribute Today ~ Campaign Ends January 2nd!

See band photos, updates, release dates and more at www.khueex.com

Listen to the debut album by Khu.éex’  "The Wilderness Within" 

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