Pilchuck Tour
GAS 2003

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2008-04-28 Rev. 2009-02-11

Pilchuck is the legendary glass school north of Seattle founded by Dale Chihuly.  Stories abound of its grubby beginnings on a glorious site on a hillside with a view across the valley.  It is not accessible to the casual visitor because it is a school and its classes are intense.  On the final Sunday of the Glass Art Society Conference, which is devoted to business meetings and planning the next one, bus trips to the School were offered and I took one.  [For some strange reason, it took five years before I organized some of the pictures on a web page although I mentioned the visit on the GAS03SEA page.]
Some examples of the architecture of the place, now well past the camping out stage, although several of the older (and plainer) buildings are still in place on the property, used as residences, studios, and offices.  The slope roofed building is the main blowing floor.  Since most of the classes are held in the summer, there are no enclosing walls as can be seen further down.
The main lodge/dining area, etc., showing the structure and hinting at the view beyond.  Similar construction on the right is the end of a bridge over a narrow canyon.

This is one of the older buildings which houses studio spaces for crafts like stained glass as shown in the next picture down.
Besides the main studio, another building provides additional flexible space for blowing or casting activities.  Note the light coming in the open wall.
The back part of the main studio, cluttered with moveable annealers and other support equipment.
Because of the large number of pieces blown by the nearly professional students, a massive supply of annealers is provided in the main shed to accommodate thick pieces with long annealing time and many large hollow pieces.
Another view across the space showing the annealers with their counterweights.
The crowd gathers along the edge of the studio to watch a demonstration.
And the demonstration being done - the guy needed bunch of these pieces.



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