Eric Hilton at Schantz Galleries.  photo: Lisa Vollmer

Eric Hilton at Schantz Galleries. photo: Lisa Vollmer

Scottish Artist and Designer Eric Hilton is a skilled master at working glass to convey the aesthetic and philosophical issues that confront artists. “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.” 

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


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.


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.