John & Kate Littleton & Vogel
When people see something beautiful, why does it resonate with them? What are they responding to? Our collaboration is grounded in the many discussions we have about questions like this and our connection to the world. In our latest pieces we have been creating work that touches the place of quiet, still, and awe that we feel when we are confronted with the beauty of nature.
Succulent and Ikebana grew out of the What Do We Hold? series, where we looked at what is precious to us. The flower was built from wax one petal at a time. This allowed us to slow down and be part of the process of creation where we entered a dream world and a thing of solitude and beauty emerged.
Our work is a result of collaboration, changed from what either one of us would make without the other. We discuss all the formal elements involved in decision making: scale, proportion, line, negative and positive space, and color. Yet in the end although these things play a part in what we create and what we find beautiful, beauty is not an intellectual exercise. We connect with it on a much deeper emotional level and it is that place we strive to reach.
Asheville Art Museum – Asheville, NC
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Bergstrom Mahler Museum ‑ Neenah, WI
Corning Museum of Glass – Corning, NY
Federal Reserve Bank ‑ Charlotte, NC
Foundation For The Carolinas – Charlotte, NC
Glasmuseum Ebeltoft ‑ Ebeltoft, Denmark
Glasmuseum Frauenau ‑ Frauenau, Germany
Guilford College Art Gallery Permanent Collection ‑ Greensboro, NC
Hickory Museum of Art – Hickory, NC
High Museum of Art‑ Atlanta, GA
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Milwaukee Art Museum ‑ Milwaukee, WI
Mint Museum ‑ Charlotte, NC
Mobile Museum of Art – Mobile, AL
Musee de design et d’arts Appliques contemporains – Lausanne, Switzerland
The Museum of Fine Art – Houston, TX
Muskegon Museum of Art – Muskegon, MI
North Carolina Museum of History – Raleigh, NC
Racine Art Museum – Racine, WI
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
The Saint Louis Art Museum‑ St. Louis, MO
The University of Michigan Dearborn Permanent Art Collection, Library – Dearborn, MI
OberGlas Museum ‑ Barnbach, Austria
New Orleans Museum of Art ‑ New Orleans, LA
The White House Collection, The Clinton Library – Little Rock, AR
SELECTED SOLO COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS
2008 Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2005 Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC
2003 Philabaum Gallery, Tucson Arizona
2001 “Clarity Imprisoned”, Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, DC
2000 Collaboration, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
The Hope Collection, Santa Fe, NM
1998 “Twenty Years of Collaboration”, sponsored by Vogel Bros. Building Co. and Quality Inn South, Madison, WI.
1996 R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
1994 Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, DC
1993 “Littleton‑Vogel” Vespermann Glass Gallery, Atlanta, GA, ’88,’90
1992 Art Elements Gallery, Mequon, Wisconsin.
The Glass Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
“A Decade of Collaboration” Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, DC
1989 The Glass Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1988 The Riley Hawk Galleries, Columbus and Cleveland, OH
- Erlien Fine Arts Ltd., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1986 “Aqua Flora Series” Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1985 Habatat Galleries, Lathrup Village, MI.
1984 Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1983 “Bag and Shard Series” Habatat Galleries, Lathrup Village, MI.
1980 “Soft Forms” Contemporary Art Glass Group, New York, NY.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Summer Salon, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
“Furnace and Flame”, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC
“Wax” Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, NC
“Sculptural Objects & Functional Art” (S.O.F.A.)
Chicago, IL 1988-2015 New York, NY, ‘98-‘07,
Miami, Fl ‘94-99 Palm Beach 3, SOFA, Palm
Beach, FL ‘06-’08, Maurine Littleton Gallery
2014 “South by Southeast, Masters of Studio Glass”, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Al
“Spaces Within” Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC
2013 “Igneous Expressions”, Methodist University David McCune International Art Gallery, Fayetteville, NC
Invitational, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2012 “Fire on the Mountain”, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
“Global & Local”, Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, FL
“Spark and Flame”, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
“North Carolina Glass 2012”, The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee,
“The Legacy of Littleton and his Students”, Bergstrom-Mahler, Neenah WI
2011 Modern and Contemporary Art, Kennesaw State
University Art Museum and Galleries, GA
2010 Out of the Board Room & Into the Studio, Center for Craft Creativity & Design, Hendersonville, NC
For Real? Art of Deception, The Galleries, Concord, NC
2009 Fall Salon, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2008 SOFA, New York, R. Duane Reed Gallery
NC Glass, Blue Spiral1, Asheville, NC
2006 Art Miami, R. Duane Reed Gallery, Miami, FL ‘05
2005 Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC
North Carolina Glass The Cutting Edge, Alamance County Arts Council, Graham, NC
Palm Beach 3, West Palm Beach, FL, R Duane Reed Gallery
Western North Carolina Legacy of Glass, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC
North Carolina Glass The Cutting Edge II, Alamance County Arts Council, Graham, NC
2004 Power of Excellence, PCI 40th Anniversary, South East Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
Art Form, and Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL, & Miami, FL, 02-04 represented by R.
Duane Reed Gallery
Gather Round the Table, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Hickory Museum of Art 60th Anniversary Exhibit and Auction, Hickory, NC
Couples, Tobin Hewett Gallery, Louisville, KY
“The White House Collection of American Craft” (touring since 1994): National Museum of
American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Memorial Art Gallery, The University of Rochester ’95,
American Craft Museum, Museum of Fine Arts MA, ’96, Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, Art
Museum of Western Virginia, The Colby College Museum of Art, ’97, Tampa Museum of Art,
Delaware Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, The Mint Museum of Craft & Design, ’99,
Decorative Arts Museum, Arkansas Arts Center, ’02, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwest University, ’03, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, ‘04
2003 The Visible Man, Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Denmark
New 3, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
2002 Featured Artist, Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek, WI,
Passionate Collectors, Sonia & Isaac Luski Collection, Gallery of Art and Art & Design, NC,
State University, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC,
2001 “From Wrought to Raw”, Museum of Early Trades & Craft, Madison, NJ.
Married to Glass, Philabaum Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Fire and Ice, William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, VA
Off the Beaten Path, Glass Artist of the Penland Area, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
1999 “Calido” (touring since 1996) Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Mississippi Museum of Art,
Jackson, MS; Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum,
Art in Embassies Program‑ Hong Kong, Gabon, Africa, Muscat, Libreville, Brussels, Belgium ‘96-
1997 “Glass Profile ’97” R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO.1985
1996 “Artists of Penland” Fine Arts Gallery Kennesaw State College, Kennesaw, GA.”
Southwest Invitational IX: Homo Vitreus” Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, Tucson, AZ.
“The Glasmuseum: The First 10 Years” Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark.
1995 “Generations: Harvey Littleton, John Littleton and Kate Vogel” Southern Highlands Craft Guild,
Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC.
“North Carolina Glass” Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark.
“Southeastern Glass” Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
“Reflections on a Higher Plane” Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC.
“Dancing in A Garden of Light: The Luski Collection” (touring since 1993) Virginia Beach
Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, VA; Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC; Hickory Museum
of Art, Hickory, NC; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC;
1994 “Littleton Homecoming Exhibition” Gallery 323, Madison, WI.
“Gala 94”, National Invitational Art Exhibition, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA (1st Place Award Glass and Clay).
“Collective Brilliance: Contemporary Glass” Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA.
“Glass Today” Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek, Wisconsin (also 1981‑1993).
“The Donald and Carol Wiiken Collection”, University of Michigan Dearborn Library, Dearborn, MI.
“Tradition and Transformation: A Dialogue on North Carolina Craft”, Wellington B. Gray Gallery,
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
“North Carolina Glass Reunion”, Blue Spiral I, Asheville, NC. “Tiffany to Ben Tre’:
A Century of Glass”, Milwaukee Museum, Milwaukee, WI.
1993 “New Art Forms” Exhibition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL,’87-’92.
1992 “Collectors’ Choice” Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL. Mail Box Auction, Archives of American Art, The Smithsonian Institution, Southfield, MI.
1991 Tenth Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL.
1990 “Translucence: North Carolina Art Glass and Tapestry” Galaxo, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC.
“North Carolina Glass ’90” (also 1988,1986,1984) Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC,
Exhibition toured Germany, Austria, Switzerland, & Holland.
1988 “Small Scale Detail”, Habitat Galleries, Lathrup Village, MI (also 1987).
1987 “Erlesenes Kunsthandwerk”, Museum im Schloss, Bad Pyrmont, Germany.
“Glass”, Galerie Gottschalk‑Betz, Frankfurt, Germany.
“Liquid Light” Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston‑Salem, NC.
1986 Second Juried Exhibition of North Carolina Crafts (HONORABLE MENTION), North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC.
“The New Aesthetic Glass”, Habatat Galleries, Bay Harbor Island, FL (also 1985 National Glass Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Lathrup Village, MI (also 1980‑1985).
1985 Northern Telecom’s Fourth Annual Exhibition of North Carolina Sculpture, Northern Telecom, Research Triangle Park, NC (1984‑PURCHASE AWARD).
“Glass America”, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
1984 “Collaborations” Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Winston‑Salem, NC.
1983 “Three Generations in Glass”, Heller Gallery, New York, NY.
1982 “Six Directions in Glass”, Heller Gallery, New York, NY.
1980 “Masters and Their Students”, Renwick Galleries, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC.