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Raven Skyriver

“Raven Skyriver: A Passion for the Process” 
The Dane Gallery produced this short documentary video of Raven Skyriver. The video by Justin Hare gives insight into Raven’s life and work, and there is some great footage of Raven and his team making a sea lion, “Huntress”.



Born in 1982 Raven Skyriver started blowing glass in high school at the age of 16. Ravenʼs mentor Lark Dalton taught him how to build glass blowing equipment, and trained him in venetian technique enabling Raven to build his own shop to work in. Soon thereafter, Raven joined the William Morris team, by Karen Willenbrink-Johnsenʼs request. There he worked for the following seven years, learning sculptural glass. Since William Morris's retirement, Raven has continued to focus in the area of sculpture. His depiction of marine life is inspired by his island upbringing, and informed by the creatures that inhabit this fragile ecosystem.

Personal History
1982    Born on Lopez Island, Washington
1999    Apprentice to Lark Dalton, Olive Glass, Lopez, WA
2001    Graduated High School, built glass studio at home, began assisting Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen at Pilchuck, Stanwood, WA
2003    Joined the William Morris Team at Pilchuck Glass School Studio, Stanwood, WA
2008    Traveled to Brazil to translate for and assist Lino Tagliapietra’s team at The glass factory Ca’doro

Selected Exhibitions
2009    SOFA West, Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.  
2008    Crossing Boundaries, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM    
2007    In Good Taste, Two Sisters Restaurant, Everett, WA
           Glass Exhibit, Northwinds Arts Alliance, Port Townsend, WA
           Pratt-Pilchuck Artists, Tashiro-kaplan Building, Seattle, WA         
           Young Glass 2007, Ebeltoft Museum, Denmark
           Pilchuck Group Exhibition, Pilchuck Glass School Gallery, Stanwood, WA
2006    Live Auction, Pilchuck Glass School Auction, Seattle, WA     
           Honey I Shrunk the Art, History of the World Gallery, Camano Is, WA
           Bay Area Glass Institute Auction, San Jose, CA
2004 - 2006    Pilchuck Staff Show, History of the World Gallery, Camano, Island, WA
2005    Pilchuck Glass School Auction, Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA    
2003    Solo Exhibition: Traditional Venetian Vessels, Lopez Island Public Library, Lopez, WA


2008     Visiting Artist (Monday Tuesday), Tacoma International Museum of Glass Tacoma WA,
2006     Visiting Artist “hot lunch”, Tacoma International Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Workshops instructed
2010   Pratt Fine Arts Center Seattle Wa
2009   Pratt Fine Arts Center  Seattle, Wa
2009   Pittsburgh Glass Center  Pittsburgh Pa
2008   Pratt Fine Arts center. “Solid sculpting” , Seattle, WA
Workshops Attended
2006    Richard Royal, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
2001    Davide Salvadore, Studio Centro Vetro, Venice, Italy

2006    Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA: Richard Royal’s class
           Haystack School of Craft, Deer Island, ME: Teaching Assistant Scholarship

Workshops Assisted

Teaching Assistant for Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen:
2008    Red Deer college, Alberta Canada
2007    Euguene Glass School, Eugene
           Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada
           Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
2006    Eugene Glass School, Eugene, OR
           Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA                       
           Haystack School of Craft, Deer Island, ME
2006    Artist’s Assistant for Loren White (Visiting Artist)
           Pilchuck Glass school, Stanwood WA.
2004    Eugene Glass School, Eugene, OR
           Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Public Demonstrations

2009   Demonstrated for Pratt open house
           Assisted Nancy Calan, Pilchuck open house.
2008    Assisted Karen willenbrink-johnsen At Glass Art Society conference, Portland, OR
2007    Pilchuck Open House with Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen
2006    Assisted Jasen Johnsen’s residency, Tacoma Int’l Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
           Assisted Kelly O’Dell’s residency, Tacoma Int’l Museum of Glass
           Assisted “Chihuly in Tacoma” Event, Tacoma Museum of Glass
2005    Collaborative Demo with Kelly O’Dell during Museum Opening Night for Einar & Jamex de la Torre,
           Tacoma Int’l Museum of Glass
2006 & 2003    Assited Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen’s residency, Tacoma International Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2003    Assisted Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen’s demonstration, GAS Conference Demonstration, Jim Nowak Studio, Seattle WA

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