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 builds each piece gradually etching and cutting his detailed imagery and patterns 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.”
Through reflection and refraction, lines he cuts with a copper wheel seem to travel from one surface to another, creating an imaginary landscape or map for the mind to travel. Works by Eric have a touch of the magic of ancient times as well as the futuristic plans for places yet to be explored. Scotland has a rich history of tales and Eric Hilton is a great teller of them, both through his art and his wonderful sense of humor and deep appreciation for the mysteries of life.
In 1972 Hilton was hired by Stueben glass as their lead designer where he continues today. He was simultaneously making one of a kind objects under his own name and continues to do so today.
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
Steuben Glass 1972 - pre
Hilton Glass 1980 - pre
Modular Architectural Units in pressed glass for Plouden & Thompson,
Dial Glassworks, 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
Architectural Commission for the Rockefeller Center, Paramount Publications, NY
Sculpture Commission, Queens College, New York
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
Board Room Doors for S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., Racine, WI
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.
American Glass Now – Touring Exhibition
Bienally, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Birmingham College of Art, Birmingham, England.
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Edinburgh College of Eclinburgh, Scotland.
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan.
Illinois State University: The Art of Craft -the American View, Champaign-Urbana, IL
International Glass Sculpture, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
Jewelry Exhibition, Steuben Glass, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Osaka World Exposition, Osaka, Japan.
Otari Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan.
Pilkington Glass Museum, Liverpool, England.
State University of New York, Albany, NY
SOFA Expo Chicago
Tokyo Daimaru, Tokyo, Japan.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
The Natural World is a whispering gallery. It is a labyrinth whose language is defined in visual form. Art for me is the core value of life. We are honed by time. Since my youth in Scotland I have always been entranced by nature, exploring its wonders and being awed by its mysteries. I use the vehicle of drawing, photography and more recently video to creatively examine what is seen. Not to copy, but to orchestrate the elements of information that gives substance to form. A sense of illusion often permeates the work. One of my beliefs is that our genetic code harbors distant memories of our ancestral past. We romanticize nature creating fascinating myths to often disguise its uncompromising reality. Through my work I hope to suggest realms both within and beyond the viewer’s experience. Coming from a land like Scotland one is aware that human history extends through many millennia. Ancient stone obelisks on remote islands appear aligned to the cosmos as if seeking to find how we are enmeshed into the fabric of the universe. Humans are the wild card. We have inherited the stewardship of Earth. It is our only home.