Summer/Fall Programmes at Pilchuck Glass School

Photos from grant recipient Anne Guro Larsmon's stay at Pilchuck in 2023
Attend workshops at Pilchuck Glass School with support from Norwegian Crafts

The deadline for 2024 has now passed

This is an opportunity for Norwegian or Norway-based artists and duojárat to attend workshops at Pilchuck during the summer and fall of 2024. Norwegian Crafts is guaranteed 1 place in the Summer/ Fall sessions for a Norway based artist/duojár.

These programmes aim to provide unique and diverse opportunities for artists in the craft field, namely by offering Norway-based craft artists a place at renowned schools, workshops and residencies.

  • GRANTS AVAILABLE: 1
  • DATES: Up to 18 consecutive days between July- September 2024, depending on the timings of your selected workshops
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: The deadline for 2024 has now passed

About the Programme

Since the summer of 1971, artists and instructors from around the world have converged on campus to exchange ideas and push the boundaries of glass as a creative material.

Pilchuck’s annual Summer/ Fall sessions range from one to three weeks and offer a wide range of learning for artists of all skill levels. Pilchuck’s Hotshop, Annex, Studio Building, Printshop, Flatshop, BotLab, and Woods and Metal Studio are staffed by experienced coordinators to facilitate an almost limitless exploration of the materials.

Courses range in level from introductory to advanced. Each course description notes a level of experience required. Course levels are listed with each course description.

  • Introductory: 0–1 years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed
  • Intermediate: 2–4 years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed
  • Advanced: 5+ years frequent practice in the technique(s) listed
  • All Levels: Encompasses all of the above; all are welcome

See the 2024 programmes for information on dates, different sessions and instructors.

Norwegian Crafts supports Pilchuck financially and is guaranteed one Norwegian participant annually. The Norwegian Craft scholarship covers tuition, room, board, and utility fees for the selected fellow, and is set up to:
US$ 5250 for 18 days / US$ 3500 for 12 days / US$ 2500 for 8 days

«Glass blowing is an artwork were people have to collaborate. That’s what is so special about it. Pilchuck really manifested this»

Anne Guro Larsmon, Pilchuck grant recipient in 2023
From Anne Guro Larson's stay at Pilchuck in 2023

The selected grant recipient will receive:

  • Norwegian Crafts covers the tuition, room and board while at Pilchuck, of the value of US$5250(18 days)/ $3500 (12 days)/ $2500 (8 days)
  • Evening presentations by artists/faculty, visiting artists and writers, staff, and technical assistants
  • Opportunity to develop a craft practice in small classes taught by world-renowned artists and instructors
  • Eligible for a travel grant of 5000 NOK from the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (Norske Kunsthåndverkere)

The Fellow selected by Pilchuck in collaboration with Norwegian Crafts will have a free choice of which session to participate in, any additional fees relating to an extended stay will have to be covered through additional funding secured by the artist.

Application criteria

You:

  • are a new, mid-career or established artist or duojár based in Norway / have a Norwegian national identity number
  • are a craft artist/duojár looking to develop your practice
  • are a craft artist/duojár looking to build networks in the US
  • can travel to Pilchuck in the selected time of the course(s)
  • are not enrolled in any degree or certificate granting program (including high school, bachelor, or masters degree programs) at the time of application or during the award period

How to apply

  1. Confirm your top 2 workshops in order of preference. The full list of programmes can be found her
  2. Write an artist statement (250 words)
    Tell us about your craft, where you make, what inspires you, who inspires you
  3. Write a Residency proposal (500 words)
    - Describe in clear and concise language your project theme*, studio usage, materials, supplies, and other specifics pertaining to your proposal for your first choice workshop
    - What elements of your participation in this residency do you anticipate will/could evolve your art practice
    - What it means for you/you to gain access to a production environment at Pilchuck
  4. CV
  5. Five visual documentations of previous work to be included in the application: Include title of artwork, materials, size and year made in the file name. If this is in video format please link within the PDF.

    All parts of the application should be submitted within a single PDF file in English (no larger than 10MB) – links to videos are accepted within the PDF document. Please title your PDF with "Pilchuck Application form - SUMMER-FALL 2024 - YOUR NAME".

    Please email your application to Leah Kahn, Market Development Officer lk@norwegiancrafts.no

    *Theme can refer to an idea, project, or new body of work you wish to complete during the residency.

    Download the application form here

    Pilchuck, 2021
    Pilchuck, 2021

    Evaluation of applications

      • Applications will be chosen by Norwegian Crafts' residency committee.
      • Norwegian Crafts will inform the selected participants of their scholarships.
      • Pilchuck will contact the participants to confirm their placement by 1 February 2024.

      If you have any questions about this residency opportunity, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Leah Svalastoga Kahn, Market Development Officer at Norwegian Crafts: lk@norwegiancrafts.no

      Previous grant Recipients

      2024: Patricia Sichmanova
      2022/23:Anne Guro Larsmon
      2019: Mette Paalgard
      2018: Alice Lebourg
      2017: Jeanne Sophie Aas
      2016: Ida Christel Siebke
      2014: Eirin Bjørsland Hansen