A Tlingit Berry Basket is a traditional woven basket that is made of spruce tree roots. Singletary translates these baskets into glass by using sand-carving and frosting techniques. His process in creating each unique basket is sure to be a conversation starter and a stunning addition to your glass collection.
Artist: Preston Singletary
Dimensions: Approx. 7.5" h x 5.5" w
ABOUT PRESTON SINGLETARY
Preston Singletary was born in 1963 in San Francisco CA. He was educated at the Pilchuck Glass School and studied with Lino Tagliapietra, Cecco Ongaro, Benjamin Moore, Dorit Brand, Judy Hill and Dan Dailey.
Singletary, a Native American of the Tlingit Indigenous People, creates unique sculptures which are informed by the stories and images of his people and their tradition in art. Preston has taught, lectured and exhibited internationally since 1989, and is well-known and respected for his stunning glass forms utilizing layering and etching techniques which he developed himself.
In addition to consistently receiving honors and awards since 1989, Singletary was recently awarded the Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass, as well as the Mayor's Award for Diversified Arts in Indian Art NW in Portland Oregon.
“Glass has a defining historic connection with Native Americans. I feel that my work is an exploration of the material of glass and an interpretation of the feeling of Northwest Coast art and its symbols. Glass has an inherent sculptural quality that showcases another dimension. I like to think of the shadows created by the glass as showing a fourth dimension of the piece --a sort of a kinetic sculpture that is only revealed when the lighting is right.
I see my work as an extension of tradition and a declaration that Native cultures are alive and developing innovative technologies and new ways of communicating the ancient codes and symbols of this land.”