The Hope Floats Fundraiser

Published: March 24, 2020

Categories: Donors

Thank you to Glass Eye Studio, a Ballard-based glass studio that has employed glass artists since its inception in Pike Place Market in 1978, for standing with artists and Artist Trust during this crisis.

Sales from their Hope Floats Fundraiser, featuring 1,000 handblown glass floats made by local glass artists, will directly support the COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund. The Hope Float is emblematic of Seattle’s sense of community and our collective determination to get through the pandemic together.

“Social distancing has not erased our sense of community—we need to help one another, now more than ever. Our Hope Float is one small way of helping those in financial distress and the intent is that other local business owners and local consumers will use their resources and ingenuity to keep hope and optimism afloat as we go through these unsettling times,” says Glass Eye Studio owner, Billy O’Neill.

Since we launched the COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund on Friday, March 20, we’ve seen the needs of artists only continue to grow. We are deeply grateful to Glass Eye for creating a fundraiser that allows people to own an original piece of glass art while supporting artists in financial crisis.  To support rapid relief for Washington State artists by purchasing a float, visit: