The Tlingit treated the salmon with respect and adhered to rituals prior to fishing or hunting. Different varieties of salmon were also adopted as crest symbols. The glass salmon form was inspired by a rattle which was carved from wood and was probably used as a ceremonial object or as a rhythm musical instrument.
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.
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