October 24th, 2008

William Morris: Native Species

A Private Evening celebrating “Native Species” by William Morris

Saturday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m.

The Colony, Park City.

Polly and Buzzy Stasser, along with the Kimball Art Center, bring you a discussion of glass artist William Morris’ “Native Species” exhibition of 38 glass vessels. This art talk is led by Linda Turner, curator of the George R. Stroemple Collection. Following will be a screening of the film “Creative Nature” by John Andres.

Tickets are $100 per person and you can reserve your tickets by contacting Michelle at the Kimball Art Center: events@kimball-art.org or 435-649-8882. All proceeds from this special event support the Kimball Art Center’s education and exhibition programming.

A little background on William Morris, excerpted from Regina Hackett:

When William Morris went to school at California State University at Chico, he fell in love with the potter’s wheel and the old gas furnaces that brought the surface of his ceramics to life. He might be a potter still if he hadn’t been diverted by the studio glass movement in the 1970s and showed up to study at a new glass school in the Pilchuck woods outside of Stanwood, Washington.

To pay tuition, he drove the Pilchuck truck. Dale Chihuly was one of his first passengers, and Morris soon became a key member of the Chihuly team. After Chihuly’s loss of an eye and later, a shoulder injury, it was Morris’ rock steady presence that helped convince Chihuly he could continue to forge his own aesthetic without blowing glass himself. “I was never as good (a glass blower) as Billy,” Chihuly said later.

Ultimately, “Native Species” is a result of [collecting experiences], what he has seen walking through forests and hiking through deserts, combined with what he has learned from art history and anthropological museums: Nature direct and nature filtered through cultural history.