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Preston Singletary and Contemporary Glass Techniques

September 7th, 2018

For over thirty years, Preston Singletary has been working with glass and perfecting his techniques with Native American and indigenous art. Singletary’s art carries earthy tones of blue, amber, and red and often depict animal spirits and totem themes. He is a thoughtful glass artist who has made a successful name for himself through his precise and skilled glasswork.

Preston Singletary works with all kinds of traditional and contemporary glass forms:

Blown and Sand-Carved Glass

Through his fruitful collaboration with Dante Marioni, Preston Singletary has welcomed the use of cane techniques in his glass art. One of their most recent creations, Killer Whale, suggests an exquisite attention to detail and craftsmanship.

On his own, Singletary’s work takes utilitarian objects and turns them into beautiful works of art that use intricate geometric themes. The earthy blues in this piece allow for the full contrast of the geometric designs to express themselves. 


He often tells stories through his creations, and this bronze figure depicting Natsline riding on the back of a killer whale is no exception. It’s a traditional tribal tale about the creation of the first killer whale.

Cast Glass and Silver

His jewelry work is most notable for the figures they depict, he chose the features of a woman in this piece, but he also portrays bears, ravens and hawks often as well.


In his works, you will see many animal and totem-themed designs, including ravens and the killer whale. Both are very important to Preston, as his clan crest is the killer whale. His Tlingit cultural heritage has kept him grounded to his roots, and his skill with glass medium has allowed him to explore more non-traditional methods of cultural expression.  Singletary enjoys challenging “the notion that Native artists are only best when traditional materials are used.”

All of Preston Singletary’s works pictured above are available to view and purchase on his Artists Page.


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