Preston was born in San Francisco, California, in 1963. In 1984, he began his studies at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass school in
Stanwood, Washington. Today, he remains connected to the
school as both a sessional instructor and a board member, while
pursing his own very successful career as an artist. Pilchuck has
always fostered a milieu open to new ideas that has drawn many
of the most promising students, as well as established working
glass-artists, to the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Preston had more than a decade of experience working on the
teams for various master glass-artists before he began to make
works that combined his own Tlingit heritage and traditional
objects with blown glass. He has occupied a unique position as
an aboriginal artist who trained solely in glass. He has traveled
extensively to study international glass techniques, including visits
to Sweden and Finland. He is considered the bridge-artist
between glass-blowing and Northwest Coast art, which are the
two dominant art forms of the Pacific Northwest. He has
worked with many other aboriginal artists now interested in the
glass medium and who have recognized the potential of the glass
medium as a possible new direction.
The Pilchuck Glass School has been most supportive in fostering
outreach programs to include aboriginal artists wishing to learn
about this exciting media—and has offered many Artist in Residency
Programs to broaden the scope of the students.
Today, his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally,
and is included in such collections as the Seattle Art Museum, the
new National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian
Institution, and the Museum of History and Art in Anchorage.
His solo-exhibition Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows
was unveiled at the Tacoma Museum of Glass in 2009 and is
currently touring to major institutions across North America.
This collection is documented in a book by the same name and
is published in the United States by the Tacoma Museum of Glass
and in Canada by Douglas & McIntyre Publishers.
Preston has already collaborated with a number of artists including
Tammy Garcia, Lewis Gardiner, Marcus Amerman, Dante Marioni, and now this new collection with Joe David.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery, 2011.