2010 brought my expansion into sculptural cast glass

A remarkable year in my artistic life

2010 brought my expansion into sculptural cast glass — an extremely exciting, rewarding adventure. While I thrive on new challenges, this has been a real push for me. Working with a new set of tools and materials was daunting and frustrating at first. The medium of sculptural wax is a “Goldie locks” world — too cool and it crumbles and fractures, too warm and it’s sticky and gooey.

Sandpaper and wax really just don’t go together!

After the sculpting comes the finishing. Now, I have done a lot of sanding in my time, but sanding and polishing wax is one of the more perverse experiences I have encountered! Then there is the mysterious and temperamental world of the glass foundry where the original sculptural wax is scarified to the gods of the kiln. If all goes well, what comes out is a contorted and tortured facsimile of what went in.

“Why did I take such care with the wax when what I got out was a warty, wrinkled prune?”

Only patient grinding, sanding, and polishing would reveal the extraordinary luminosity of my finished glass sculptures. After all these years of working in shades of brown, what an experience seeing my children in living color!

Traver Gallery take me on

At year end, to top things off, I was accepted into the distinguished family of artists at Traver Gallery, Seattle. Given the long and respected reputation of Traver in the history of studio glass art, I could not be more pleased. Gaye and I just made a road trip to Seattle during the holidays to deliver more work after Traver sold Mystic Light, my #3 piece, to a private collector. We truly enjoyed spending time with Bill Traver and his daughter, Sarah. Their professionalism and love of art, particularly glass, is thrilling to be around.

Seattle and Sequioa trees

On a personal note, Gaye and I are not “big city” people.  But we both really enjoyed Seattle.  It sparkled.  The food was good.  And we enshrined ourselves in the EMP Museum for our second experience of what it might feel like to be inside one of my sculptures.  I’m speaking, of course, of the Experience Music Project building designed by our favorite architect, Frank O. Gehry.  (Our first Gehry adventure was the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, where Gaye wanted to lay on the floor and just look up!  I understood, but the museum staff remained ever-present and “on guard.”)

The next morning, after driving hours in heavy rain, we lingered a couple hours in the incredible shelter of old-growth, giant redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park near the Oregon/California border.  Just the two of us, in a silence and beauty neither of us has ever experienced.

Then, heading south, we spent a wonderful Christmas Eve in a small town with a treasure of a restaurant.

I likened it to being in a cathedral. Knowing how crowded and bumper-to-bumper the redwoods can be in summer, this was an extraordinary celebration.


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    August 22, 2021
  • Harry Pollitt jade green glass sculpture - Ode to Morph
    2018 a typical year
    February 26, 2019
  • Pollitt's unsurpassable Artist Residency at Buffalo Creek
    February 17, 2019
  • A county fair roller coaster would envy the twists and banked turns of this Pollitt Small Treasure,aptly named E RIDE
    October 5, 2018
  • Green Piece,an emerald green Pollitt glass sculpture invites you to travel through the turns and twists of its 1'-2" high x 4" diameter design.
    Green Piece
    October 1, 2018
  • A pale cooper blue glass sculpture joins the Pollitt Small Treasures ensemble.
    September 19, 2018
  • The rose tone of the Sapphire Rose color delivers a softness to this graceful Pollitt Small Treasure
    September 17, 2018
  • Small Treasures. Simpler complexity.
    September 5, 2018
  • Harry Pollitt - Bashert glass sculpture
    SOFA 2017
    October 16, 2017
  • Artist in Residency
    October 13, 2017
  • SOFA 2016
    October 13, 2017
  • Harry Pollitt - Zest glass sculpture
    October 10, 2017
  • Harry Pollitt - yellow amber What's Math Got To Do With It glass sculpture
    What's Math Got To Do With It?
    October 9, 2017
  • Harry Pollitt - Bashert glass sculpture
    November 3, 2016
  • Pollitt glass sculptures at SOFA Chicago 2016
    October 26, 2016
  • Harry Pollitt - light blue Capricious glass sculpture
    September 29, 2016
  • Midnight moves in Sofa Chicago 2014 catalog
    Five Pollitt sculptures sold
    December 24, 2015
  • Genesis
    December 20, 2015
  • Harry Pollitt - jade green Pinnacle glass sculpture
    September 21, 2015
  • Blue Pyro
    March 10, 2015
  • Harry Pollitt - cobalt blue Coriolis glass sculpture
    February 4, 2015
  • SOFA 2014 Pollitt sculptures
    November 7, 2014
  • Harry Pollitt - cobalt blue Enigma glass sculpture
    October 5, 2014
  • Glass Wall Sculpture Process
    September 18, 2014
  • SOFA Chicago 2014 Pollitt lecture
    September 9, 2014
  • Glass sculpture, Limoncelli, sold
    August 28, 2014
  • Glass art collectors group visits Pollitt Studio
    August 12, 2014
  • Pollitt joining Winterowd
    July 10, 2014
  • Harry Pollitt - Sentinel glass sculpture
    Pollitt glass sculptures at Winterowd Fine Art
    May 30, 2014
  • T with 'Tude
    October 28, 2013
  • Pollitt Applause for MOG Red Hot
    October 21, 2013
  • Chihuly Garden & Glass blows Pollitt's mind
    October 19, 2013
  • Chihuly Boathouse Hosts Glass Community Fundraiser
    September 30, 2013
  • Pollitt Pilchuck visit inspires reverence
    September 27, 2013
  • Traver Gallery Pollitt Reception
    September 25, 2013
  • AACG Rising Star 2013 Update
    September 17, 2013
  • Harry Pollitt - orange red Fluid Dynamics glass sculpture
    Fluid Dynamics
    September 1, 2013
  • Traver Gallery event unveils New Work
    August 27, 2013
  • Blue Tango dances into spotlight of Cleveland glass art collectors
    August 22, 2013
  • Harry Pollitt - pale copper blue Escape Velocity glass sculpture
    Escape Velocity
    July 30, 2013
  • Harry Pollitt jade green glass sculpture - Ode to Morph
    Ode to Morph
    June 24, 2013
  • Pollitt glass sculptures, Saatchi Gallery Collect
    May 16, 2013
  • Harry Pollitt - Blue Tango glass sculpture
    Blue Tango
    May 1, 2013
  • Harry Pollitt glass sculpture - Mariah
    April 5, 2013
  • Pollitt chosen AACG Rising Star 2013
    April 3, 2013
  • Harry Pollitt - jade green Splash glass sculpture
    March 20, 2013
  • Blue Shift
    March 15, 2013
  • A fruitful 2012
    October 7, 2012
  • Plateaux Gallery, London, representing Pollitt
    October 4, 2012
  • Vacation Time
    September 7, 2012
  • Thomas R. Riley Galleries
    August 19, 2012
  • Brain Scan joins glass collection
    August 18, 2012
  • Red Shift - Winner
    August 3, 2012
  • Holsten Galleries
    June 9, 2012
  • 2010 brought my expansion into sculptural cast glass
    December 29, 2010