Breaking the Glass Ceiling will look at the many achievements of women working with glass, from the male-dominated Studio Glass Movement of the 1960’s to the present. Women have always been part of the Movement. They participated in the original Toledo Workshops and they enrolled in the first glassblowing courses, both headed by Harvey Littleton, the “Father of the Studio Glass Movement.” However, in the first Toledo Glass National exhibition of 1966 only seven out of forty-eight qualifying artists were women.
Women glass artists have come a long way since then! They have become a growing and influential presence. By the 1990’s, the number of women faculty and students at university glass programs was equal to the number of men. Today it is not unusual to find women and men working side-by-side as a team in the hot shop.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling will survey women glass artists from the “Grand Dames” of the 70’s to the “Young Turks” of the 21st century.