Glass, Glorious Glass

Harvey Littleton's studio glass movement launched a seminal trend in modern art.
Blue Conical Intersection with Ruby and Orange Ellipsoid, Glass.

It’s in an odd little bump of a building on an unexpected crest of a hill on U.S. 1 north of Fort Pierce, but from his apartment atop the Littleton Collection gallery, Harvey Littleton sees things that no one else can see. And so it has been for this icon in the art field he conceived and developed, the studio glass movement.

Littleton’s connection to the Treasure Coast dates back to the first quarter of the 20th century, when his parents brought him to Fort Pierce as a toddler on family visits. He remembers his grandfather, Dr. J.T. Littleton, a retired college professor of the classics and romance languages, who came out of retirement in his new home to teach English in what is now the Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, but back then was a brand-new high school.

A story Harvey often tells of those days is the sighting of a huge swarm of mosquitoes that looked like a black cloud over Hutchinson Island. He says his mother pulled him away from his fishing in the Indian River and into the house before they could attack him.

 Read the entire article in the April 2006 issue