Harvey K Littleton

Harvey K. Littleton was an artist who helped found the so-called studio glass movement in the United States, developing and teaching do-it-yourself techniques that freed glassblowing from the cumbersome protocols of factory production and made molten glass almost as easy to work with in the studio as wet clay.

Beginning in the late 1950s, Mr. Littleton scoured the world to assemble the apparatus and knowledge he needed to melt glass beads in a backyard furnace and then to make art by himself, breaking with the glassblowing tradition in which three or four apprentices assisted a craftsman. Mr. Littleton attracted attention when he demonstrated the process on the grounds of the Toledo Museum in 1962. For the next two years he traveled around the country accepting invitations from artist groups and college art departments interested in seeing it for themselves.