Kelly O’Dell was born in Seattle in 1973, raised in Hawai’i, and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she was very young, her artistic parents made their living using stained glass, furnace glass, and pressed flowers. While seeking her college education years later, Kelly discovered glass as her primary focus at the University of Hawai’i. The program offered her many opportunities to study at Pilchuck Glass School, and she eventually became a member of the William Morris Winter Crew. Her work mainly explores themes of extinction, preservation, and human impact on the natural world. She resides in Stanwood, WA with her husband Raven Skyriver and their 5 year-old son Wren.
Born in 1982, Raven Skyriver started blowing glass in high school at the age of sixteen. Raven’s mentor, Lark Dalton, taught him how to build glass blowing equipment and trained him in
Venetian technique; this enabled Raven to build his own workshop. Soon thereafter, Raven joined the William Morris team at Karen WillenbrinkJohnsen’srequest. 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.
6:15pm: Glassblowing demonstrations with Kelly and Raven will begin.