Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience 2021


Visitors can start planning a weekend filled with tours, demonstrations, parties, exhibits, and more.

SEATTLE – America’s only Pacific Northwest glass art festival returns for the third year, bringing together nearly 60 local artists to celebrate in the nation’s renowned center for glass art. Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience, taking place October 14-17, 2021, features new exhibits, parties, studio tours, live demonstrations, and opportunities to connect directly with artists.

The programming reflects the diverse offerings of the region’s glass community with events for curious newcomers to long-time collectors and anyone in between. Visitors can discover new talents, meet the master glassmakers who laid the foundation for this burgeoning glass scene, and celebrate alongside artists who continue to push the boundaries of the medium. The highlights include:

  • Toast: Celebrate creativity at night parties on the weekend. Gather, hosted by Chihuly Garden and Glass, is the official opening night event. The world-renowned Lino Tagliapietra, Western Neon School of Art, Glass Eye Studio, and Pilchuck Glass School will host additional art parties.
  • Connecting with the Community – Join Dan and Raya Friday, a brother-sister team with Lummi tribal heritage, as they hot sculpt designs presented by local residents. Take home a special piece from the Pike Place Market Artist Showcase. In addition, the Museum of Glass and the Pilchuck School of Glass will host a jointly curated exhibition highlighting experiments and prototypes made by artists during their 18-year joint residency program.
  • Meeting the Artists: More than a dozen artists will open the doors to their private studios, offering unparalleled access to their work in blown glass, stained glass, fused glass, and more. Other exclusive opportunities include a private tour of Dante Marioni’s studio hosted by Traver Gallery, and a discussion with the curator with boron tube producers and neon artists at Gallery Mack.
  • Seeing the Magic: Go behind the scenes as artists show how to work with molten glass and neon during live demonstrations at Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Schack Art Center, Glassybaby and more.
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More than 50 events will take place over four days in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bainbridge Island and even Issaquah. Participating organizations include:

  • Art by Fire
  • Avalon Glassworks
  • Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN)
  • Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Blowing Sands Glass
  • Bri Chesler
  • Bridget Culligan
  • Cappy Thompson
  • Carol Milne
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Chihuly Studio
  • Crista Matteson
  • Dick Weiss
  • Gallery Mack
  • Glass Art Society, Inc.
  • Glass Eye Studio
  • Glasshouse Studio
  • Glassybaby
  • Illuminata Art Glass Design
  • Lino Tagliapietra Inc.
  • Mark Ditzler
  • METHOD Gallery
  • Milo Snyder
  • Misoda Glass
  • Museum of Glass
  • Pacific Northwest Glass Guild
  • Pike Place Market
  • Pilchuck Glass School
  • Pohlman Knowles Studio
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center
  • Press Reign
  • Preston Singletary Studio
  • Radiant Neon
  • Richard Royal
  • Chess Art Center
  • Seattle Architecture Foundation
  • Seattle Glassblowing Studio
  • Seymour Stained Glass
  • Shoreline Public Art Program
  • Stonington Gallery
  • Tacoma Art Museum
  • Traver Gallery
  • Glasses
  • Visit Seattle
  • Western Neon School of Art
  • Wileyware

For visitors or those looking to make their experience a complete weekend getaway, the best hotels in the region will offer exclusive packages for the night. Details on Refract Hotel packages will be announced soon.

Additional details on programming and events can be found at Learn more about the state of the art of glass in America at Images for media use can be found at