Corning, New York 1922 — 2013 Spruce Pine, North Carolina
The pioneer of American Studio Glass, Littleton is credited with taking glass out of the industrial realm and promoting it as an important medium for fine art crafted in a studio space. He was an educator through theory and hands-on practice, advocating for university courses in the arts and also establishing influential workshops. He organized the first university hot glass program in America— at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After many years inspiring students such as Dale Chihily and Marvin Lipofsky, he turned to his own art, focusing on simple forms composed of thin, colored layers of glass.