Studio Glass Movement History

from_TMA_Group_of_number_475_marbles_a_2.jpgHistory of the American Studio Glass Movement

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AACG_Screenshot.png From Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass: A 23-minute video

AACG's video is rich with historical photos and some interviews as well. Here's one gem, about Harvey Littleton: "His dad was Jesse Littleton, who developed Pyrex.... He brought science to the glass industry. And Harvey brought glass to the art world." Click here to go to the video. 
TMA_Logo.jpg From the Toledo Museum of Art's website:

In 1962, the Studio Glass Movement was born in a garage on the Museum grounds. Harvey 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. A prototype “studio” furnace was built in the garage, but for the first three days of the workshop all attempts to fuse molten glass failed. Read more 

cmog_logo.png From Corning Museum of Art's website:
During the 1950s, studio ceramics and other craft media in the U.S. began to gain in popularity and importance, and American artists interested in glass looked for new paths outside industry. The catalyst for the development of studio glass in the United States was Harvey K. Littleton, a teaching ceramist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, who became inspired by the pioneering work in ceramics of the California potter Peter Voulkos. Informed by his own background in the material, Littleton started experimenting with hot glass in his studio in 1958. Read more

From Wikipedia:
The Beginning of the American Studio Glass Movement
The second, and most prominent, phase in American glass began in 1962, when then-ceramics professor Harvey Littleton and chemist Dominick Labino began the contemporary glassblowing movement. The impetus for the movement consisted of their two workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art, during which they began experimenting with melting glass in a small furnace and creating blown glass art. Littleton and Labino were the first to make molten glass feasible for artists in private studios. Read more (includes links to Littleton and Labino which have different information.

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