USING GLASS ARTS TO CONNECT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM
DIVERSE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS TO BETTER FUTURES

What we Do

Programs

Our Programs

All youth, ages 12-20, in Pierce County can participate in our programs, which take place in public schools in Tacoma and Franklin-Pierce School Districts.

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Our Impact

For the past four years, our Team Production students have had a 100% graduation rate. 58% have gone on to Post-secondary education, 50% are employed, and 25% are doing both.

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Artwork

Hilltop Artists students explore glass art through glassblowing, flameworking, mosaics, and fusion. Team Production creates glass art for commissions, installations, and our biannual glass sales.

Featured Stories

Student Story – Ari

As a student in our Daytime program, Ari worked closely with Instructor Greg to create blown glass birds.  “We worked the whole year and he got pretty good!” Greg reported. After noticing Ari’s enthusiasm for glass blowing and his potential, Greg recommended Ari for our Summer Team Production. He hasn’t had a chance to make any more birds yet because…

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Student Story – Tanner

When you think of working with glass, most people think - hot!  Tanner, a Team Production student, has shifted his attention to the opposite end of the spectrum and has been focusing on his cold working skills.  ‘Cold working’ is a term used to refer to the many techniques used to decorate or alter glass after it has cooled, such…

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Student Story – Nanita

  Nanita has only been a Hilltop Artists since the summer, but she is already hooked. “I’m not really sure what I want to be when I grow up, but I sure hope it can be something with glass.” After hearing about our Summer School from a friend, Nanita had her mom sign her up for glassblowing this past summer.…

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What’s Happening

Escape the rain and visit an indoor glass pumpkin patch today! Our friends at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio also sell some Hilltop Artists pumpkins so be on the look out for the ones with our tags! ... See MoreSee Less

NW Glass Pumpkin Patch- Tacoma

October 21, 2017, 9:00am - October 21, 2017, 5:00pm

The Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patches are sponsored by Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. Featuring over 2000+ hand blown glass pumpkins crafted by local glass artisans. Wander through a dazzling array of one-...

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Remember to come and pick up your pumpkin paperweight or glass bead if you made one during Tacoma Arts Month Studio Tour last weekend! Items are available for pick up at our Jason Lee hot shop until 8 pm tonight. #TacomaArts ... See MoreSee Less

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So much fun last night! Thanks to Museum of Glass for hosting and to our friends at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio for partnering with us. Can't wait until next year! #TacomaArts ... See MoreSee Less

What a thrilling night with Hilltop Artists and Tacoma Glassblowing Studio! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #halloween #ghost

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time

Friday

Oct 27, 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm
Event
hanging jellies Kait Rhoads and Hilltop Artists at Museum of Glass
The Pacific Seas Aquarium at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is …
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Wednesday

Nov 15, 2017
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Event
AC1 Fall Showcase for web Arts Connect Fall Showcase
Please join us in celebrating the young women of Arts Connect at the …
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Tuesday

Nov 21, 2017
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Event
AC2 Fall Showcase for web2 Arts Connect 2 Fall Showcase
Please join us in celebrating the young women of Arts Connect 2 at the…
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Hilltop Artists provides youth, ages 11-20, with hot glass instruction, related arts training, and adult mentors focusing on increasing students’ academic and interpersonal success.

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Hilltop Artists is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on public and private donations. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. In order to keep our programs tuition-free, we depend on the generosity of our supporters and advocates.

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VOLUNTEER

Hilltop Artists is a community that believes in the power of volunteering to enrich the lives of our youth and the world around us. We have many ways for you to become involved with Hilltop Artists by volunteering.