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Have You Met Monique?
Have you met Monique?

Monique Simkova is the newest member of our team. As the Events and Development Manager, many of you will likely get to know her as you attend our events, contact us with questions, or stop by to shop at our…

Have You Met Samantha?
Have you met Samantha?

Samantha, or Sam as she is fondly known around the hot shop, started her journey with Hilltop Artists 3 years ago as a member of our Arts Connect program. “I was homeless and going through a lot then, I was…

Have You Met Peter?
Have you met Peter?

Peter has been chosen as our 2018 Biot Ambassador and will travel to France this summer for three weeks to study with master glass blower, Antoine Pierini. Our Student Ambassador Program connects Hilltop Artists students to new experiences and a…

Have You Met Kathy?
Have you met Kathy?

Her work space might be tucked in the back of our staff office, but Kathy, the Hilltop Artists Outreach Manager, is on the front lines of connecting our students and their families with community support services. Through this important work,…

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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.


Biot-Tacoma School Exchange – French students stories of Tacoma

Created by the cohort of French students who visited Tacoma in spring of 2018.

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Pilchuck Glass School: Immersive Glassmaking Retreat for High School Artists

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Cordell, Student Speaker at the 2017 Better Futures Luncheon

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La’Naya, Student Speaker at the 2017 Better Futures Luncheon

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Lindsey, Student Speaker at the 2017 Better Futures Luncheon

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Suburban Times: Hilltop Artists – Better Futures Luncheon

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Annual Reports


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2015 – 2016

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