Our Impact

Featured Stories

  • Student Story – Tanner
    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…

  • Student Story – Nanita
    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…

  • Student Story – Zach
    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…

  • Student Story – Jacob
    Student Story – Jacob

    Jacob had a busy summer! Jacob was the third student to represent Hilltop Artists in Tacoma's Sister City, Biot, France. For three weeks this summer, he soaked in the French…

  • Student Story – Ellye
    Student Story – Ellye

    Ellye first heard about Hilltop Artists from some friends. At the time, she was looking for something to do outside of her homeschool classes. When she first arrived in the…

  • Student Story – Julian
    Student Story – Julian

    It all started with a wavy bowl. Julian, a student at Jason Lee Middle School, didn't have much interest in glass art, but needed some kind of elective so he…

  • Student Story – Jesus

    Jesus first learned about Hilltop Artists from his cousin Luis, who has been a Hilltop Artists student for four years. You may remember reading about Luis's dedication to bead making…

  • Student Story – Emily
    Student Story – Emily

    Emily - a Team Production student for over two years - is an excellent beadmaker. You may have spotted her elaborate hollow bead necklaces at the Winter Glass Sale -…

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Quick Facts


Between 2007 and 2014, 96% of all eligible Hilltop Artists students graduated from High School. In 2013-15, 100% graduated.


On average, an After-School student receives 211 hours of instruction.


Every year, Hilltop Artists engages over 80 volunteers who give over 500 hours to the organization. Our dedicated volunteers made everything happen at our events and in our offices.

Glass Sales

Student-generated glass sales totaled $133,503 in 2014.


Team Production completed over 70 commissions of varying size, quantity, and style during our 2013-14 Fiscal Year.


Hilltop Artists students create their glass-blown art with molten glass that has been heated in the furnace to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Our students learn to respect safety precautions as they work as a team using very hot materials.


Our annual fundraiser is the Better Futures Luncheon. Attendees hear from our students about the impact of Hilltop Artists on their lives, have first access to unique glass items, and have an opportunity to connect young people to better futures through their support. Learn more about our 2015 Better Futures Luncheon here.


South Sound Talk: A Sunday Afternoon at Edgewood Garden

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May Newsletter

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Exit 133: Hilltop Artists Has Launched a $62,000 Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign

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Exit 133: Common Threads A Glass Exploration of Kantha Embroidery

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TNT: Critic’s Picks

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Radish: Hot Glass

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Annual Reports

2015 – 2016

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