Bill Glass, who grew up in Harbor Beach, Michigan, had the rare good fortune to be the first graduate student selected to study with acclaimed Croation sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic, when he arrived on the Notre Dame campus in 1955. Under Mestrovic's tutelage, Glass found his own voice and deepest expression in religious subjects.
Besides sculpture, Glass has a well-rounded background in painting, ceramics and design. He studied and painted fresco murals throughout the Midwest with Jean Charlot in the classic buon fresco technique, and studied Interior Design at Parson's School of Design in New York.
He mastered the potter's tooling craft while working as designer and production manager at Rookwood Pottery. Rookwood, which suspended operations in 1967, is well-known as America's most famous art pottery. Fans of The Antiques Road Show or collectors may be interested to note that Glass has the distinction of being the last Rookwood artist.
Today Bill works primarily in clay, a medium that allows the form to be teased out and shaped into provocative biomorphic objects or lends itself to portraiture and figurative sculpture. He creates both one-of-a-kind and limited-edition sculptures that can be reproduced in either bronze or stoneware. Whatever the theme, good sculptural form is paramount in his design.
In his diverse professional career, Glass, who has a BFA '55 and an MFA '57 from Notre Dame University, has:
* Taught Art (sculpture, painting, drawing, interior design, art history) at: ~ Notre Dame University as the first teaching fellow in the art department ~ St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, as guest lecturer in art, business and speech ~ Villa Madonna College (now Thomas More), Covington, KY, as instructor ~ Mississippi State University, State College, MS, continuing art education ~ Mississippi State College for Women (now MSUW), Columbus, MS, associate professor of art * Executed commissions for churches and other institutions and is represented in both public and private collections * Created numerous bas-relief portraits cast in bronze, e.g. Cincinnati Red Legs for Hall of Fame, Oscar Robertson (basketball) University of Cincinnati * Designed, patented and distributed proprietary products under the Safti-plus™ trademark for 25 years
Since relocating to Las Vegas, NV, in 2003, Bill has been actively engaged in creating a new body of work under WTG Ceramic Arts and is a frequent exhibitor in local shows including:
* Desert Sculptors group show at College of Southern Nevada (CSN) Art Gallery (2006) and Boulder City Fine Arts Festival (2005) * Finalist in juried shows: 55th Art Round-Up (2006) at LV Art Museum and Contemporary Arts Center 18th Annual Juried Show (2007) * Ten Clay Artists show, CSN Fine Arts Gallery May 6 – June 17, 2011 * Solo show, entitled OPTICAL FUSION at Left of Center Art Gallery, August 24 – Nov. 5, 2011, paired with writing by his wife, Rose Mary * The Barrick Museum (UNLV) “We Will Survive” group show and silent auction, Sept. 24 – Nov. 9, 2011