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.
In a public project for an elevated New York subway platform, Hong Kong-born artist Eugenie Tung explores New Yorkers' everyday rituals using fused glass; Patricia Watkinson retires from Pilchuck; The Glass Eye takes a closer look at kinetic sculpture; Jose Chardiet is featured in luxury car ad campaign.
Bertil Vallien at Heller Gallery, New York; Jeremy Lepisto at D & A Gallery, Studio City, California; Toots Zynsky at Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York; ancient glass at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California; Mark Zirpel at Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh; Lou Lynn at the Evergreen Cultural Center, Coquitlam, British Columbia