On the occasion of Harvey Littleton's passing, I am humbled that GLASS Quarterly invited me to contribute a piece about his legacy and his relevance to artists working today. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"Littleton’s career is a model for artists searching for an alternative glass history with which to align themselves. It’s a history for artists who agree with his oft-quoted and controversial “technique is cheap” comment—because technique only costs your time, energy, and concentration. It is an affirmation for those who believe that richness resides in the quest for self-expression accompanied by the risk of embarrassment; in the challenge to innovate despite a long stream of failures; and in the willingness to show vulnerability, both in the process of making and in the content of one’s work. The founding story of Studio Glass is of essential importance to glass artists so that we may inch closer to the brink of the unknown, depart more bravely from our comfort zones, and feel the steadfast conviction rooted in the legacy of its founding father, Harvey Littleton."
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