Pilchuck Glass School is in Stanwood, Washington. Its location in the forest is BEAUTIFUL! It was founded in 1971 by Dale Chihuly, Ann Gould Hauberg, and John H. Hauberg. It is the "largest, most comprehensive educational center for artists working in glass" in the world.
I visited the school a few years ago and, again, could have been there ALL DAY. The school is open to the public once a year and I have to say hoards of people come to check it out. But it's not so crazy with crowds that you won't enjoy yourself. The buildings are rustic looking and set in this beautiful landscape. The hot shop is my favorite..or maybe the casting shop...or the hot shop.... The hot shop is the round building you see in the picture - all sides open to the air. During the open house day - you can sit and watch artists blow glass - and its amazing.
This year the open house is Sunday, July 12, noon - 5pm. Admission is $20 per person with kids under 12 free. If you want to attend, definitely visit their website and fill out your registration form. Organized group tours are also offered on Tuesdays, March - May, for a $30 fee - details on their website. Visit www.pilchuck.com for more info, more pictures, etc.