Harvey Littleton is the Father of American Art Glass. Since his father was a physicist at Corning Glass Works, Littleton was introduced to the glass world at an early age. He studied at the University of Michigan and at the Brighton School of Art in England. He pioneered the use of glass as an art form, and his experiments made it possible to move glassmaking from the factory to the individual artist's studio. By the 1960s, glass art became a popular art form in the United States. Littleton and his wife moved to North Carolina in 1976 to be closer to the Penland School of Crafts.