Harvey K. Littleton, founder of the studio glass movement died in Spruce Pine on December 13th at 91 years of age. A visionary artist, teacher and spokesman for the arts, Littleton brought glassblowing from the factory into the studio, setting in motion the dramatic development of glass as a medium in contemporary art. His book Glassblowing: A Search for Form, published in 1971, is considered the manifesto of the movement. Littleton devoted four decades of his professional life to pushing the boundaries of the medium, creating powerful sculptures exploiting the physical properties of molten glass and developing the technique for printing from glass plates. He built an international reputation in ceramics, demonstrated glassblowing at the First World Congress of Crafts in New York City and has work at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Littleton exhibited widely and was known around the world as an eloquent spokesperson for glass and for the arts. Littleton moved his home and studio to North Carolina in 1977. He is survived by his wife of 62 years and 4 children. All of Littleton’s children have careers associated with glass.