Kut-kha’r-nee (To Turn Up) is the sideways H-design represents a club or war pick pattern. The Yehlh ku-ou’ (The Tail of the Raven) is the cross-shape pattern between the war pick design. The design in the middle of the basket is Keet ou-hu’ (The Teeth of the Killer Whale).
Tlingit baskets were traditionally woven with thinly-split spruce roots that were embellished with dyed grasses and maidenhair fern stems. The surface of each glass basket is rendered with a textured pattern, echoing the texture of the woven material. As a grouping, they pay homage to the abstract designs and complexity of the basket design tradition. Baskets of this nature were made usually for sale or trade, so I present them “playfully” as a curio shelf.
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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