4 of the Biggest Influences in the Glass Art World

November 30, 2015

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Glass sculptures are some of the most amazing works of modern art. If you’ve ever had the privilege of laying eyes on one, you’ll know just awe-inspiring they can be, and yet, if it weren’t for the following glass artists, glass artwork would not be at the level it is today.

Harvey Littleton
Harvey Littleton helped pave the way for glass artists. The ceramics professor helped the “studio glass movement” get going in 1962 when he held two workshops with chemist and engineer Dominick Labino at the Toledo Museum of Art. During these two amazing art events, they started to experiment with melting glass in a small furnace and creating blown glass art.

Karen LaMonte
Karen LaMonte is one of the most famous American glass artists around. She’s well known for her life-size ceramic, bronze, and cast glass sculptures in addition to her large scale monotype prints. Her latest body of work draws inspiration from Japan. It explores the common themes her previous work has, but through a new cultural lens.

Albert Paley
For over 40 years, Albert Paley was an active glass artist at his Rochester, New York studio. He became the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors. This is awarded by the American Institute of Architects, and is the organization’s highest honor given to non-architects. In 1998, the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester also gave him the Artist of the Year Award.

Ann Wolff
Much like Harvey Littleton, Ann Wolff helped pave the way for many glass artists after her. She was one of the founders of the international Studio Glass Movement, and nabbed widespread attention as early as the end of the 1960s.

These are just some of the amazing glass artists. If you have any questions about how these inspiring individuals helped pave the way for countless artists, feel free to share in the comments.