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Harvey Littleton
Blue Crossed Form
18 x 15.5 x 6 in.
1983

Harvey Littleton is considered the father of the American Studio Glass Movement he believed that glass was a viable material for artistic self-expression. His aim was to take the manufacture of glass out of its industrial setting and put it within the reach of the studio artists. Very importantly, Littleton provided the foundation for glass to be taught in university art departments, the first was set up in l963 at the University of Wisconsin, where he taught.

Born in 1922, Harvey Littleton has an early association with glass, is father was director of research at Corning Glass Works, Littleton received his Masters in Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and began teaching ceramics at the University of Wisconsin, In the 50’s he started investigating the possibility of using glass as an art medium, and by l962 lead a glassblowing workshop at he Toledo Museum. He retired from teaching l976 to purse a successful career is as a glass artist. His glass producing career was actually quite short; a new passion took over and Harvey devoted the rest of his life to developing a printing process called vitreograph (printmaking using glass plates).

Harvey Littleton is the focus of over 100 museums on this 50
th Anniversary of Contemporary Glass including a currently running exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art; “GLASS ACT; 50 Years of Contemporary Glass”.