American artist William Morris (1957– ) was first introduced to glass as a teenager in northern California. He arrived at Pilchuck Glass School in 1978 after training at California State University, Chico, and Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Morris started at Pilchuck as a driver. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he began working with Dale Chihuly as an assistant and de facto apprentice, eventually becoming Chihuly’s chief gaffer. He formed his own studio in the 1980s. Greatly influenced by ancient civilizations, Morris’s work is inspired by the natural ability of glass to transform itself into other materials. Through techniques he developed, Morris’s refined glass works often have the appearance of stone, wood, bone, or other elements of the natural environment. Morris retired from glassmaking in 2007 and divides his time between Washington and Hawaii. He continues to run a studio out of Washington State.
In this 1982 interview with Paul Hollister, William Morris discusses working with molds for his large-scale pieces.08:45 Transcript
William Morris talks about Dale Chihuly, James Carpenter and Ben Moore being the first glass artists to study and work abroad.0:37 Transcript
William Morris discusses how Pilchuck set standards for studio glass equipment.01:24 Transcript
William Morris discusses how studio glass equipment standards were erratic in the seventies.00:39 Transcript