Although the Egyptians are the first known glassblowers, Seattleites have taken the art and quite literally blown it to new proportions.
To celebrate the art form, 25 Pacific Northwest artists and arts organizations are coming together to host Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience.
The second installation of the festival, held October 15 to 18, is the only glass festival in the region.
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During the festival, enjoy a mix of virtual online events and safely distanced in-person demonstrations and exhibitions that will appeal to both long-time glass collectors as well as those who simply want to get a feel for the art form.
“Artists, galleries, and collectors have developed new ways to connect and share their love of glass. The changes are breaking down traditional physical barriers, making glass more accessible and opening up possibilities to connect with artists directly or discover new talent,” said Brandi Clark, Executive Director of the Glass Art Society, in a press release.
Several online events will be held by Pilchuck Glass School and Pike Place Market, and more than a dozen organizations and artists will host in-person and livestream demonstrations, including Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Glasshouse-Studio, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Radiant Neon, and more.
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In-person exhibitions and safely distanced events will also take place, as well as several studio tours including visiting the showroom of Lino Tagliapietra, who has worked with glass for more than 70 years and earned the esteemed title of “Maestro” at age 21.
Those interested in learning more can do so at refractseattle.org.