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Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire

May 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S Park St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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Founded by Dale Chihuly and a few art school friends in 1971, the Pilchuck Glass School has long been pushing the limits of a medium that can last for centuries or shatter in an instant. Through the story of this small and highly influential school in the Pacific Northwest, Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire identifies the remarkable convergence of visionary individuals, regional cultures, and fortunate timing to explain how and why Pilchuck and the studio glass movement has blossomed. The story of the people and events that mark the past 43 years of Pilchuck history is told through firsthand accounts of the individuals who shaped the school and helped create its remarkable evolution from a makeshift summer workshop to a vital international center for artists working in glass. Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the film includes interviews with Pilchuck founder Dale Chihuly and Preston Singletary, whose glass works are included in Clearly Indigenous.

Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire was written by Gary Gibson and directed and produced by John Forsen, and it is shared with many thanks to Fidget Films. The film has a runtime of 59 minutes.

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