American artists John Littleton (1957– ) and Kate Vogel (1956– ) met while undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Harvey Littleton had established the first university-level glass program in the United States. Vogel (BS, 1978) studied painting and drawing before switching to glass under David Willard. Littleton (BS, 1979) majored in photography and studied glass independently with Willard. In 1979, Vogel and Littleton moved to North Carolina and began working collaboratively in studio glass, first for Harvey Littleton’s Spruce Pine studio and since 1980, at their own studio in Bakersville. Vogel and Littleton are active participants in the community of glass artists who live and work near the Penland School of Craft.
John Littleton talks about secrecy in glass factories and the necessity of sharing in studio glass.0:54 Transcript
John Littleton discusses how Harvey Litttleton’s persistence and being in the “right place at the right time” helped with progressing the studio glass movement.1:05 Transcript