“Art for me is a vehicle that synthesizes order into the awe of existence. It is the vehicle for dance, music, poetry, literature and the visual arts. It represents the soul of human consciousness.”
Scottish Artist and Designer Eric Hilton is a skilled master at working glass to convey the aesthetic and philosophical issues that confront artists.
Eric’s true passion is in the creative process in the molding, etching, cutting, sandblasting and the polishing of each work. His process is like painting, as he gradually builds each piece gradually over the whole surface. You can find the elements of life - earth, air, fire, and water in his work. “I am influenced by nature from which infinite information can be gleaned”
1959 Edinburgh College of Art, BFA
1960 Edinburgh College of Art, MFA
1971 - 1977 NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred, NY
1969 - 1971 University of Victoria, Canada
1967 - 1969 Birmingham College of Art, England
1962 - 1967 Stourbridge College of Art, England
1960 - 1962 Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
1968 Olympia" exhibition of architectural glass for T.W. Ide, Inc., London
1968 Glass Design for Stourbridge College of Art at the Glass Manufacturers Association, London.
1962 "Designers in Industry" for Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.
Grants, Prizes Awards:
1981 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1980 National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Architectural Research
1971 Canada Council Materials Grant
1971 Canada Council Travel Grant
1970 Faculty Research Grant: University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
1967 Major Prizewinner: Open Glaziers Competition, British Glass lndustry
1961 European Traveling Scholarship from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
1960 Post Graduate Scholarship: Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.
"From Sand and Glass Emerge Air and Earth, Fire and Water," by Kay Larson.
Center: The Magazine of Rockefeller Center, Rockefeller Center Management Corporation, New York, 1994.
"A Window into the Worlds of Erie Hilton," by Al Husted. Professional Stained Glass Arts and Media, Inc., Newtown, PA- 1994.
Steuben Breaks the Mold," by Betty Sargent. Connoisseur, the Hearst Corporation, New York, 1988.
"Inner and Outer Space," by Eric Hilton. Glass Art Society Journal, Corning, NY
"Glass Sculptures," by Eric Hilton. Leonardo International Journal of the Contemporary Artist, Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1975. A
Innerland, Steuben Glass; New York, 1976 limited edition.
The Council House by Lee Nordess. Perimeter Press. Chicago, 1980.
University of Richmond, Virginia.
Alfred University Elderhostel Series.
International Glass Congress, Helsinki, Sweden.
Leicester College of Art, Leicester, England.
The World Craft Council Conference, Kyoto, Japan.
The Royal College of Art, London, England.
The Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.
British Art Glass Society, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Glass Art Society: Mexico City 1992, Corning 1991, Seattle 1990.
Board Room Doors for S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., International Conference Center, Racine, WI.
Modular Architectural Units in pressed glass for Plouden & Thompson, Dial
G1assworks, Stourbridge, England.
Modular Units for architectural application, Ansons Gallery, London.
Architectural Panels for TW. Ide, Ltd. Glass Manufacturers, London.
Sandblasted Sculptural Relief, Ansons Gallery for Jaguar, Coventry, England.
Sandblast Sculpture, commissioned by Ansons Gallery, Mayfair, London.
Exhibited in the Building Centre, London.
Crystal sculpture 'Enigmatic Pathways" for the University of Virginia, Richmond, VA.
Planets Series - Corporate Gift Commission for Comdisco, Chicago.
Major Architectural Commission for the Rockefeller Center, Paramount Publications
Building, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York City.
Major Sculpture Commission, Queens College, New York.
Major design Work for Steuben Glass.
Sculpture for Greenbriar, West Virginia.
Sculpture for the World Golf Hall of Fame St. Augustine, FL
Grand Am Sculpture, Daytona, FL
Commissioned sculptures for Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
New Vision Gallery, London
Grosvenor Gallery, London
The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Greater Victoria Art Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
Xerox Radial -80, Rochester, NY
State University of New York, Albany, NY
American Glass Now - Touring Exhibition
International Glass Sculpture, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
Lee Nordess Gallery, New York, NY
Bienally, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Illinois State University: The Art of Craft -the American View, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Jewelry Exhibition, Steuben Glass, New York, NY
New Glass - Touring,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris,
Otari Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan.
Tokyo Daimaru, Tokyo, Japan.
Glass Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Edinburgh College of Eclinburgh, Scotland.
Birmingham College of Art, Birmingham, England.
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan.
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland
Pilkington Glass Museum, Liverpool, England.
Osaka World Exposition, Osaka, Japan.
Cosmic Birth, 2017
Blown and sagged glass with deep sandblasting, 20 x 13 x 13"
Winter's Eye, 2015
Waterjet cut, sandblasted, sagged cut and polished glass. 24 x 18 x 6"