This summer two Hilltop Artist students (Ellye and MiShawn) will travel to Biot, France for 3 weeks to study with master glassblower Antoine Pierini. In return, we will host a glassblowing student from Biot during our
Summer Glass Arts Program.
To inspire our community to support our Student Ambassador program,
our gallery will be open on
Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hilltop students have made special Biot floats, which will be for sale and are specifically made to help fund the Biot students’ travels. All proceeds from the sale of the floats will be dedicated to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We will also have some French-themed treats (charcuterie anyone?), a french conversation section, and live demos by students in the hot shop
For added excitement, we will have a French themed door prize, a Gift Certificate to Savor Creperie on Pacific Ave in Tacoma.
Since she started at Hilltop Artists over five years ago, Ellye says glassblowing has taught her about herself by encouraging self-reflection, while also strengthening how she connects with others. She appreciates the lifelong friendships she has forged at Hilltop Artists through collaboration and teamwork. She is looking forward to learning more about coldworking from Antoine Pierini and getting immersed in French culture
When MiShawn talks about Hilltop Artists, the deep sense of joy it brings him is readily apparent. Since joining Hilltop Artists in middle school, MiShawn has embraced every opportunity provided to him with relentless enthusiasm. Kind and caring, MiShawn is not only passionate about glassblowing, but also the community he has found through Hilltop Artists. He looks forward to absorbing new techniques while working with Antoine in France and incorporating them into his body of work. Watch MiShawn’s speech at our 2016 Better Futures Luncheon to learn more of his story.