The son of a Corning Glass Works scientist, Harvey Littleton (1922-2013) first studied physics and industrial design, before becoming a teaching ceramicist. In the late 1950’s, he turned to glassblowing, which was then restricted to the factory floor: devising a small furnace, he introduced hot glass into the artist’s studio. In 2012, exhibitions at the Corning Museum of Glass, the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, and elsewhere marked the 50th anniversary of the two historic Toledo Museum glassblowing workshops that Littleton led in spring 1962. At those workshops, Littleton put the ancient medium of glass into the hands of today’s artists.
Harvey Littleton’s work at the Toledo Museum of art gave birth to the American Studio glass movement. He then started the glass program in the ceramics department at UW-Madison, teaching the likes of Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, and Fritz Dreisbach.
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (2011)
Author: Joan Falconer Byrd
Hardcover, full color illustrations