I became interested in and then obsessed with Lotton Art Glass after attending an open house at The Lotton Art Glass studio in Crete Illinois a few years ago. At that time I saw Charles Lotton make a bowl and another glass blower make a vase. I was hooked.
Charles Lotton was born on a little farm in Elizabethtown Illinois. He was in the Marines and when he came home needed to find a profession or career. He got married and eventually had four children to support. He settled in as a Cosmetologist and loved the creative field. He opened his own hair salon and was very successful in his chosen field.
As fate would have it he saw some carnival glass and he was hooked on beautiful glass. He loved the color and iridescence of this type glass.
He built his first glass blowing furnace in his yard in Sauk Village with the help of a few friends in 1973.
More to come . . . .