Joe David and Preston Singletary, Red Tail Hawk Shamans Rattle (2011), blown and sand-carved glass [Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 19-Dec 10]
Preston Singletary is a Tlingit artist who studied at Pilchuck Glass School, one of the top glass schools in the world, with master glass-artists Lino Tagliapietra, Cecco Ongaro, Benjamin Moore and Dan Dailey. His interpretations of Northwest Coast objects in the unexpected medium of glass have captured the imagination of collectors for both glass and Northwest Coast art the two dominant forms of art of the Northwest.
In 2009, a solo-exhibition of his work titled Echoes, Fire and Shadows opened at the Tacoma Glass Museum and is currently travelling to major institutions across the United States.
Joe David of the Nuu-chah-nulth nation is a foremost Northwest Coast artist. He taught form line design to Preston Singletary, and Joe later became the first recipient of the Aboriginal Artist in Residency Program at Pilchuck, where Preston Singletary introduced him to the world of glass.
Transformations in Glass: Ka Ka Win Chealth is Singletarys first project with another Northwest Coast artist. The exhibit brings together their mutual understanding of form, design and stories, and honours their mutual collaborations over the years. Ka Ka Win Chealth is the traditional family name given to Joe David and passed to Preston Singletary in a ceremonial adoption in 2000.