Lloyd Atkins, designer, was born in 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, and entered Pratt Institute in 1941. The following year he joined the United States Army Air Force. After World War II he returned to Pratt, from which he was graduated with a certificate of industrial design. In 1948 he became a member of the Steuben Glass design department, continuing his studies at night to earn a B.I.D. degree from Pratt. Among his designs in crystal are scores of representational and decorative figures, forms for engraving, and geometric designs-many of them now represented in public and major private collections.
In Mary Jane Madigan’s book Steuben Glass: An American Tradition in Crystal (NY: Abrams, 2003) there is a brief bio of Atkins’ time at Steuben:
“Lloyd Atkins joined Steuben in 1948 as a staff desinger. Over the next fifty years, he became one of Steuben’s most versatile and prolific designers, renowned for his delightful animal sculptures as well as scores of other representational and decorative figures, forms for engraving, and geometric sculptures. Born in Brooklyn, Atkins studied at the Pratt Institute before serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war he received a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree at Pratt while working at Steuben. Atkins’ crystal has been shown in innumberable Steuben exhibitions, including those at the Palais du Louvre, Paris; Park Lane House, London; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Kyoto, the National Museum of the Philippines, and the Dwight David Eisenhower Library, as well as many private collections. Atkins marked his retirement from Steuben in the year 2000 with a Rhinoceros hand cooler, his last in the series of small pressed animal sculptures he initiated in 1974. Lloyd Atkins died in February 2002. ” p. 234.