by Andrew Page
In the nearly three decadess in front of the furnace, William Morris explored a longing for the vital, feral, and ancient through highly personal, exotic totems that seemed made out of anything but glass. With unmatched technical virtuosity, Morris helped push American glassblowing beyond a fixation on shiny perfect vessels. He coaxed molten glass into forms that moer closely resembled bone, wood, antler or ceramic. Driven by an intense and idealized appreciation of bygone civilizations, Morris was part of a long and uniquely American tradition of celebrating the natural world through art.