Pollitt Pilchuck visit inspires reverence

Pilchuck visit inspires a sense of reverence for Pollitt


Of course, I had heard about Pilchuck – the iconic place that helped set the course of modern studio art glass as a discipline. Because of its substantial reputation, I had envisioned a small college-like setting. I didn’t expect a Pilchuck visit to inspire such reverence.

Yes, there is a “campus,” but what first appears upon arrival is a three-story log-constructed building – containing in part a dining hall with an immense stone fireplace and providing a surprising view of Puget Sound.

From there, crossing a narrow covered bridge brings you to a collection of purpose-designed buildings for each phase of glass production. They’re scattered on grassy inclines in a deeply wooded environment, off the beaten path and remote from the outside world. You really must want to get to Pilchuck to find it. That’s part of the mystic. Besides, it is not open to the public. Entrance is by appointment only for specific purpose so you can be escorted through. Our appointment was arranged by Ted Lagreid. You know — that man named Ted!

This is a true, seriously minded artist sanctuary without outside world distraction, cut off from TV, radio, newspapers and people. The setting is gorgeous, the rustic buildings befitting the setting — and the equipment state-of-the-art.I have been in special places before, places with soul, but walking these grounds, I commented, “Some places have an energy, but this place has presence.” You can absolutely feel it – the presence of the world’s best glass artists creating, collaborating, sharing and passing it on. You walk these grounds with a sense of reverence and serious purpose.