John Littleton and Kate Vogel’s collaboration began shortly after they met at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Since 1979 they have lived in the vibrant Toe River Arts community that surrounds Penland School in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Their art has taken many directions over the years and at the core of it all .....

John Littleton and Kate Vogel’s collaboration began shortly after they met at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Since 1979 they have lived in the vibrant Toe River Arts community that surrounds Penland School in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Their art has taken many directions over the years and at the core of it all is their collaboration and shared lives. Their creations communicate and record their interrelationship with the world, creating powerful works from whimsical to introspective.

“Our years of collaboration have been a journey of discovery: creating pieces together, working to make the sculptures unfold and evolve, and dreaming of the next piece. Our ideas are generated by the flow of making and our shared curiosity and wonder of the world (and people) around us—how it works, changes, and evolves. Collaboration brings our individual sensibilities together to generate something neither of us would have made alone.”

John and Kate lecture at art museums and universities, and have taught at Penland School of Crafts. Their work is in numerous public and private collections in the United States, and throughout the world. They have been included in articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, CBS Sunday Morning and NC Weekend UNCTV.



2022 50th International Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oaks, MI

2021 Bloom, The Arts Center of Greenwood, Greenwood, SC

Between Us, Retrospective, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, Neenah, WI 2021 (catalog)

49th Annual International Invitational also 44-48th Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI 2016- 2021, Habatat’s 50th Anniversary

2020 Artomatic 2.0 virtual show, James Renwick Alliance Top Ten Award 

Intersect Chicago, virtual show represented by Momentum Gallery, Asheville, NC

Glass Art On line Art Fair, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2019 Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (S.O.F.A.) Chicago, IL 1988-2018 

2017 Searching for Excellence, Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, Neenah, WI 2017-18

From the Fire, Cameron Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC  

Making it in the Crafts III, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN

2015 “Furnace and Flame”, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

2014 “South by Southeast, Masters of Studio Glass”, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Al (catalog)

2013 “Igneous Expressions”, Methodist University David McCune International Art Gallery, Fayetteville, NC 

Contemporary Glass from the Haverty Collection of the Mobile Museum of Art, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

2012 “Fire on the Mountain”, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

“Global & Local”, Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, FL

“Spark and Flame”, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI

“The Legacy of Littleton and his Students”, Bergstrom-Mahler, Neenah WI

2004 “The White House Collection of American Craft” (touring 1994-2004): National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Memorial Art Gallery, The University of Rochester ’95,      

American Craft Museum, Museum of Fine Arts MA, ’96, Los Angeles County Museum of Arts,    

Art Museum of Western Virginia, The Colby College Museum of Art, ’97, Tampa Museum of            

Art, Delaware Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, The Mint Museum of Craft & Design, 

’99, Decorative Arts Museum, Arkansas Arts Center, ’02, The University of Michigan Museum   

of Art, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwest University, ’03, Jimmy Carter 

Presidential Library, ‘04

2003 The Visible Man, Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Denmark

2001 “Clarity Imprisoned”, Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington, DC (catalog)

2000 Art in Embassies Program Hong Kong, Gabon, Africa, Muscat, Libreville, Brussels, Belgium ‘96-‘99, ’87’89. Bosnia 

1999 “Calido” Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ (touring 1996-99); Mississippi Museum of Art, 

Whatcom Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, (catalog)

1995 “Generations: Harvey Littleton, John Littleton and Kate Vogel” Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC (catalog)

“North Carolina Glass” Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark.

1992 American Glass Now, Yamaha Galleries, Traveling in Japan also: 1980-88

1987 “Erlesenes Kunsthandwerk”, Museum im Schloss, Bad Pyrmont, Germany.

1985 “Glass America”, Heller Gallery, New York, NY

1980 “Masters and Their Students”, Renwick Galleries, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC.

Group show, Glass Art Gallery Inc, Toronto, Canada 1980-81


Apodaca Science Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, kinetic sculpture 6’h x 2’w

Celebrating Muskegon, Commissioned by City of Muskegon, Muskegon, MI 22.5’h x 35’ x 29’ glass, stainless steel and LED lights 2021

Connectivity/Relativity, commissioned by Vogel Bros Building Co., Madison WI 5’ x 12’ x 5’ glass and steel 2018

Water, Commissioned by Spartanburg Water, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 7.5’ x 5’ stainless steel and glass, outdoor sculpture 2016

Rainbow of Bags, Commissioned for Foundation for the Carolinas, eight 2.5’ x 3’ niches with 98 blown glass bags indoor sculpture 2014


Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

Asheville Art Museum – Asheville, NC

Barry Art Museum – Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Bergstrom Mahler Museum  Neenah, WI

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario Canada

Christian Brothers University – Memphis, TN

Corning Museum of Glass – Corning, NY

Eskenazi Museum of Art – Indiana University – Bloomington, IN

Federal Reserve Bank  Charlotte, NC

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

Foundation for the Carolina’s, Charlotte, NC

Glasmuseum Ebeltoft  Ebeltoft, Denmark

Glasmuseum Frauenau  Frauenau, Germany

Guilford College Art Gallery Permanent Collection  Greensboro, NC

The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI

Hickory Museum of Art – Hickory, NC

High Museum of Art Atlanta, GA

Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL

Imagine Museum, St Petersburg, FL

Kamm Teapot Foundation, Encino, CA

Milwaukee Art Museum  Milwaukee, WI

Mint Museum  Charlotte, NC

Mobile Museum of Art – Mobile, AL

Musee de design et d’arts Appliques contemporains – Lausanne, Switzerland

The Museum of Fine Art – Houston, TX

Muskegon Museum of Art – Muskegon, MI

North Carolina Museum of History – Raleigh, NC

Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, University Park, PA

Racine Art Museum – Racine, WI

Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

The Saint Louis Art Museum St. Louis, MO

The University of Michigan Dearborn Permanent Art Collection, Library – Dearborn, MI

New Orleans Museum of Art  New Orleans, LA

OberGlas Museum  Barnbach, Austria

The White House Collection, The Clinton Library – Little Rock, AR 


2021 Talking Out Your Glass, podcast Shawn Wagner Season 6   

Between Us, 22 min video produced by Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, YouTube

2018 Carolina Home + Garden – July 2018.

2013 UNCTV NC Weekend – November 7 and 8th 2013

2008 Featured Artists in The Blue Ridge Parkway- America’s Favorite Journey, Film – 2008

2007 Art of the Times – March 2007. Florida Design – vol. 17#3.

2000 American Style. Art in The Embassies – Fall 2000.  

1996 The State Magazine – September 1996

1995 Christian Science Monitor –  May 18, 1995

Washington Post – April 27, 1995

CBS Sunday Morning – April 22, 1995        

1993  New York Times – December 23, 1993


Littleton and Vogel speak extensively for Arts organizations, museums and galleries and recently gave a master casting class at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass and Penland School.



1979 B.S.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison


1978 B.S.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison

1977 Santa Reperata Graphic Center  Florence, Italy

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