Preston Singletary

glass, glass sculpture, blown glass sculpture, glass vessels, jewelry

“Glass brings another dimension to Native American art. It's luminous quality and shadow effect are like a spirit that appears when this lighting is right.”

— Preston Singletary



In a unique meeting of European glass-blowing tradition and Northwest Native design, Preston Singletary's artwork depicts cultural and historical images from his Tlingit ancestry in …

“Glass brings another dimension to Native American art. It's luminous quality and shadow effect are like a spirit that appears when this lighting is right.”

— Preston Singletary



In a unique meeting of European glass-blowing tradition and Northwest Native design, Preston Singletary's artwork depicts cultural and historical images from his Tlingit ancestry in richly detailed, beautifully hued glass. By infusing traditional design with fresh energy through the use of modern materials, his work pays homage to his forefathers, who feel that the past, present and future are intertwined.



Singletary entered the world of glass blowing as an assistant, learning to master the techniques of the European tradition as he worked alongside Seattle-area artists such as Benjamin Moore and Dante Marioni. He also had opportunities to learn the secrets of the Venetian glass masters while working with Italian legends Lino Tagliapietra, Pino Signoretto and others. In an early, and fortuitous, trip to Sweden to study Scandinavian design at Kosta Boda, Singletary met his future wife, who now resides in Seattle with him and their two children.



Singletary grew up hearing his culture's traditional stories from his family (both of his great-grandparents were full-blooded Tlingit Indians) and many of those stories provide inspiration for his work. The formline design skills evident in so many of his pieces were acquired through study and collaboration with other prominent Northwest Coast artists such as Steve Brown and Joe David. Singletary credits mentor Joe David for helping him to take his work to a new level, one that is more spiritually based and culturally expressive of the different Northwest Coast styles. With Northwest Native icons, supernatural beings, transformation themes, animal spirits, shamanism and basketry designs among his many inspirations, Singletary has transformed Northwest Coast Native art and incited other Native artists to utilize the wonders of glass.



Recognized internationally, Singletary's artworks are included in museum collections such as the National Museum of the American Indian (Washington DC), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), The Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, NY) The Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA), the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), the Mint Museum of Art and Design (Charlotte, NC), the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), and the Handelsbanken (Stockholm, Sweden). Singletary is a member of the Board of Trustees for Pilchuck Glass School and the Seattle Art Museum.

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