Welcome Dr. Kimberly Keith!

Her first official day as the Hilltop Artists Executive Director was May 1st and we are so excited to have her on our team!

Summer Glass Arts Programs

Our Summer Glass Arts Programs are open to students in middle school and high school.  Learn how to blow glass, make a glass bead, or the basics of glass fusion!

Applications are now available!

What we Do


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.


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.



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 – 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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Student Story – Zach

  Zach started in our summer program two years ago and hasn’t looked back! “I’m not really into sports so I’m glad I have Hilltop Artists.” Zach, a student at Stadium High School, is part of the After School program at Wilson High School and hopes to join Team Production in the future.   “It is cool to express myself…

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What’s Happening

Do you have an appointment at CHI Franciscan Health St. Joseph Medical Center tomorrow? Or maybe you are lucky enough to work there every day? Be sure to swing by the lobby at St. Joe's tomorrow to check out our Pop-up Sale from 11 am to 2 pm. ... See MoreSee Less

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The esteemed Peter Layton of London Glassblowing was in Tacoma for a Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass last week. On Friday night, he came to our hot shop to meet our students, share about his work, and even check out their skills. Thank you Peter for spending time with Hilltop Artists!! #FortyYearsInGlass ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events



Jun 05, 2017
5:30pm - 7:00pm
IMG_0735 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Night
Thank you, Hilltop Artists Volunteers! Join your fellow volunteers and…
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Oct 03, 2017
11:00am - 1:00pm
HA-DES9 Website Image for Events Page 72dpi edited Better Futures Luncheon 2017
Come be a part of something BIG! Our annual Better Futures Luncheon i…
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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.



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.



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.