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Have You Met Nikki?
Have you met Nikki?

Nikki first found her passion for glassblowing in classes offered at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. It was an activity that she enjoyed that didn’t put her joints at risk of injury like the sports she had been playing. She needed a…

Did You Meet Léa?
Did you meet Léa?

In 2014, we began an exciting exchange program - each year we send a student to study glassblowing with renowned glass artist Antoine Pierini in Tacoma’s Sister City Biot, France. Thanks to the generosity of local host families, we have…

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…

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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.


Daria, Student Speaker at the 2018 Better Futures Luncheon

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Noah, Student Speaker at the 2018 Better Futures Luncheon

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Museum of Glass Happy Hour Vol 6: Hilltop Artists BFL Centerpieces

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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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MultiCare Healthy Futures: Hilltop Artists

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Annual Reports

2017-2018 Annual Report

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