by Andrew Page
In the mid-1960s, American universities were overflowing with a record number of baby boomer students. Administrators and faculty eager to embrace unconventional ways of doing things began competing with one another to start glassblowing programs. At the time, just about the only way to find a glassblowing professor was to hire one of Harvey Littleton's graduate students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. These young glassblowing professors, some of whom had themselves just graduated, rolled up their sleeves and, with their students, hand-built the glass studios that sprung up around the nation.