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Harvey K. Littleton, one of the founders of the American Glass Studio movement, passed away Friday, December 13, 2013. He was 91 years old. His enthusiasm for glass as a sculptural medium has inspired generations of artists to explore glass as a medium for artistic expression.
For those who wish to honor his memory with a donation, please consider making a contribution in his name to The Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Mitchell County (http://bit.ly/1jbMrts) and/or to the Harvey and Bess Littleton Scholarship Fund at the Penland School of Crafts (http://bit.ly/1jbMoh7).
In 1962, the Studio Glass Movement was born in a garage on the Museum grounds. Littleton, a pottery instructor, received the support of then-director Otto Wittmann to conduct a workshop to explore ways artists might create works from molten glass in their own studios, rather than in factories.
The following excerpt is from “The House That Glass Built” produced by WGTE Public Media © 2008.
[…] In 1962, he organized a workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art to explore ways artists might work with molten glass in the studio. Integral to that workshop were ceramic artist Norman Schulman (who has lived near Penland for many years) and Dominick Labino, then the director or research for Johns-Manville Glass Fibers Division. Artists from a number of university programs were invited to attend. During the workshop, a practical, small-scale glass furnace was built, and Labino was able to supply glass that worked properly in this furnace. This workshop is recognized as the beginning of studio glass art in America. There is an excellent, short video about that workshop here. […]
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