After graduating from Alfred University in 1994 with a BFA degree in glass sculpture, Wm. Erich Woll moved to Seattle, Washington in 1995 to pursue his career as an artist.
In 1997, Dale Chihuly’s glassblowing team offered Woll a position at Chihuly’s residence in Seattle, known as ‘the boathouse.’ He quickly advanced though the ranks to the position of gaffer. After creating Chihuly’s work as a gaffer for two years, Woll was promoted again, this time to the position of color designer for the studio’s entire production. During his six-year tenure with Chihuly, Woll traveled around the US and the world and gained valuable skills and knowledge of glass sculpture, both technical and artistic.
In 2002, while still working for Chihuly, Woll was asked to join the team of Italian master Lino Tagliapietra. He continues to work for Lino and benefits greatly from the experience.
In 1999, Woll and a group of friends from Alfred University who were also living and working in Seattle decided to start a collaborative group called the Butter Eaters. The group has continued to collaborate, making work at Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, and The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. The group has also taught workshops at Toyama City Institute for Glass Art in Toyama City, Japan, and at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta.
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Studied under: Lino Tagliapietra, Venetian Master,
Dino Rosin, Venetian Master
Pino Signoretto, Venetian Master,
Petr Novotny, Czech Alfred University, Alfred, New York, B.F.A.
Assistant to; Lino Tagliapietra, Preston Singletary Debora Moore, Josiah McElheny, Richard Marquis, Ginny Ruffner, Dale Chihuly, and Richard Royal
HONORS AND AWARDS
2017 Juror’s Choice Award, Be The Curator Exhibition, Museum of Glass
2014 Museum of Glass, Visiting Artist
2013 Artist’s Choice Award, Museum of Glass Juror’s Choice Award, Museum of Glass
Museum of Glass, Visiting Artist
2010 Museum of Glass, Summer Artist Series, Featured Artist
2006 New Glass Review, Emerging Artist 1994 Deans List, Alfred University, six semesters Certificate of Merit, Alfred University Senior Exhibition
2014 Mistakes Will Be Made, installation, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
In My Neck of the Woods, installation, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
2012 Fifty by Fifty, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI
2010 The Secret Language of Animals, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2005 Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Toyama City, Japan
1999 Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Toyama City, Japan
1995 Centre Européen de Formation aux Arts Verriers (Le RFAV), Vannes Le Châtel, France
1994 Alfred University, Alfred, New York, Glass Art and Engineering Forum (Juried)
Studio Inferno, New Orleans, Louisiana, Kinetics in Glass
1992 Alfred University, Alfred, New York, NY, Student Summer Show (Juried)
2013 Butter Eaters performance - Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2005 Butter Eaters performance art workshop -Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary,
1999 Butter Eaters performance art workshop Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Toyama City, Japan
2015 Glass Quarterly Magazine, Winter
2011 Glass Quarterly Magazine, Summer
2010 The Seattle Times, “My Summer Vacation” review. The News Tribune, “Hear from the animals at TAM exhibit.”
2009 Glass Quarterly Magazine, Winter, Glass Quarterly Magazine, Spring
2008 Glass Quarterly Magazine, Fall
Glass and stainless steel
38 x 31 x 16"