William Morris was born in Carmel, California in 1957, and is considered to be one of the most gifted and innovative glass artists in America today. He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he originally worked as Dale Chihuly's gaffer (lead glassblower) in the early 1980's, and where he has since maintained his own studio.

Morris' work has been strongly influenced by his interest in archaeology and ancient pagan cultures, and it addresses the timeless relationship between humans and their environment. His work evokes images from a time when man was more in tune with nature, and is subliminally suggestive of ritual significance. Various works such as the Canopic Jars, Mazorca, Cinerary Urns, Artifact Panel and Man Adorned illustrate symbolical, mythological influences. He also acknowledges the influence of Italian artists who have shared their knowledge of techniques for crafting glass, so essential to the realization of Morris' ideas into form.
Another unique aspect of Morris' work is his treatment of surface texture, achieved by various techniques such as sprinkling powdered glass and minerals onto a blown surface, etching, and acid washing to achieve "ancient" and textural diversity.

William Morris is considered  to be a revolutionary and provocative artist as well as a master glassblower, whose work goes beyond mere craftmanship to touch the souls and primal consciousness of its viewers.
William Morris glass sculptures are part of the permanent collections of many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Craft Museum, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, along with many distinguished private collections.


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