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Longtime Port Townsend resident Patrick Forrestal established Port Townsend Glassworks in 2020 after first exploring glass as a medium in 2005. Inspired by glass artists from all over the globe, the long history and traditions of glass blowing, and the innovations in glass that are still being discovered, Patrick additionally credits his livelihood in glass to a deep appreciation and love of family, friends, and nature. Having not considered himself an artist early on in his career, working with glass has provided opportunities to create and explore art in ways he never imagined. He especially enjoys sharing his experience with others through collaborative works, glass blowing lessons, and mentorship opportunities.

With a BS in Psychology, and formal technical training in welding, Patrick’s foundational interest in glass blowing stemmed from a skilled trades perspective. Through apprenticeships, studying at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, and traveling to private glass studios in Murano, Italy, Patrick discovered an artist in himself that he hadn’t imagined before. He has worked on Whidbey Island, and in Seattle with many skilled artists and has assisted in making art and teaching about glass at both the Pilchuck Glass School and the Museum of glass in Tacoma, WA.