Last week MK, Frank and I all got to visit the mecca of glass art education at the Pilchuck Glass school in Stanwood, Washington. Linked here is the first blog post I wrote about the school giving you a poetic perspective about its history and significance:
Visiting this wonderful place was particularly significant because in MK’s new documentary film, Painted in the Desert, which all three of us collaborated on over the last nine months, six of the eleven masters of the studio glass movement featured in the film were up at Pilchuck teaching together. The film is deeply inspiring about how to live a life of creative freedom, and coming to this place where all eleven of the glass artists from the film have taught, learned, and played throughout their careers was a closing of the circle.
This day at Pilchuck was also a reunion of some of the far-sighted mavericks who established this glorious art camp in the woods forty years ago. John Landon was there, one of the early visionaries, who with the genius artistic creator and promoter Dale Chihuly took two thousand dollars and made a world-renowned hub of molten experimentation on this rural tree farm. Other early studio glass movement contributors who were enjoying John’s famous smoked salmon were Fritz Dreisbach, Lark Dalton, and the photographer Russel Johnson. John’s salmon was sublime, and we even got some of the artists to hula hoop!! Thanks everybody for such an amazing day.