Greetings from the William Morris Studio

As we welcome 2022 and “The Year of Glass,” we also welcome you back to the William Morris Studio.

I am excited to announce the re-opening of the studio and exhibition space, and I am extremely proud to be collaborating with my daughter Jackie as studio manager. In honor of the United Nations’ designation of 2022 as “The International Year of Glass,” we will be participating by contributing 10% of all proceeds to support programs outlined in the United Nations Declaration. As of January 2022 the Studio will be open by appointment for viewing of works representing our full evolution from 1984-2007. Throughout the year, we will also show works by members of Morris’ team, beginning with Randy Walker.

Wishing you a happy and healthy “Year of Glass.” We are grateful for the support over the years, and we look forward to seeing you at the studio.

William Morris & Jackie Morris-Shchuka

Powerful sculptures in glass by a contemporary master.

For more than twenty-five years, in a career that brought him to the forefront of the modern Studio Glass movement, William Morris perfected
a repertoire of techniques that virtually no other American glass artist can equal.Internationally acclaimed for his compelling work with glass,
William Morris approached the demands of glassblowing and glass sculpting with an experimental eye and an innovative hand.

For Morris, glass is an endlessly intriguing material, fragile yet timeless, preserving the spontaneity
of the creative moment unlike any other medium. William Morris artworks in glass are
widely admired by artists, sought by collectors, and praised by critics.

He’s simply the best glass blower that America has produced. He has been able to inject content into the ravishing beauty of glass, yet he has in no way compromised the aesthetic pleasures of glass. He has brought an existential depth to glass that is entirely new.

Patterson Sims
Associate Art Director at the Seattle Art Museum

The first time I saw William Morris’ Idols I felt an electric thrill, not only because of the incredible artistic prowess each of them represents, but also because I recognized them. It was like finally finding myself before the intangible beings I had been looking for all my life, that I had glimpsed in dreams and invoked in my writing.

Isabel Allende
Author

By reminding us of the ancient past, we are confronted in Morris’ work by contrast with our troubled present. By avoiding the scolding character of political art, he proposes relief, an escape into the past that is really a window onto the present, a present that sidesteps systems and elevates custom, ritual and a masculinity under assault.

Matthew Kangas
Art Critic and Curator

In looking at Morris’s art, we are reminded of what it is to be ancient, what it is to be human; we momentarily reconnect with that elemental aspect of our psyches this is prehistoric. Beyond his technical brilliance in the craft of blowing and sculpting glass, it is Morris’s ability to enter and work within the realm of the unconscious that makes him a superior artist.

Tina Oldknow
Curator of Modern Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass

William Morris, even after his retirement in 2007, has a special place in the history of modern sculpture in glass. His anthropological empathy, his respect for communal ancestors and civilizations long past, and his uncanny ability to make glass look like everything except, well, glass, certainly created a profound body of work that continues to fascinate audiences.

James Yood
Adjunct Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago