Riley Galleries

SOFA 2014 Pollitt sculptures

Opening night tonight, November 6, and for the next three days, the Thomas Riley Galleries will exhibit five of my sculptures, 4 in cast glass and 1 in wood – Enigma, Midnight Moves, Red Shift, Ode to Morph, and Morph VI in black cherry wood. This is the 9th consecutive year my work has been represented at SOFA and the second time my two styles of sculpture will be exhibited in the same year.

Midnight moves in Sofa Chicago 2014 catalog

Pollitt SOFA Chicago Lecture

If you’re in Chicago between Nov 6 thru 9th, please join me at SOFA Chicago at Navy Pier. I’ll be in the Thomas R. Riley exhibit space with five of my sculptures. And on Saturday, the 8th, at 1 pm, I’ll be giving a lecture about my work and artistic journey from wood to glass sculpture.


Limoncelli: This is the first time I used the color called Citrine (a color not likely found on my personal palette), but I am delighted with the outcome. It shimmers in the light and delivers one of the true rewards for working in glass – the added dynamic of color and luminosity.

Limoncelli | 10″ diameter | Kiln cast crystal | Citrine | SOLD by Thomas Riley Galleries.

SOFA Chicago 2013

It never fails. The highlight of my year is always SOFA. This year did not disappoint. The energy, magnitude and quality of the work at SOFA Chicago was once again awe-inspiring. Let me show and tell you about it.

T with ‘Tude

T with ‘Tude: I have done mostly vertical pieces in the past. A few pieces went horizontal like Morph II and Levitation. I am always searching for new expressions in my designs. So I thought about combining both vertical and horizontal for this piece…mostly horizontal to get the main element up off the surface.

1′-3″ h, 1’-8″ w, 10″ deep | Kiln cast crystal | Emerald Green | SOLD by Thomas R. Riley Galleries

Harry Pollitt - jade green Classic Moves glass sculpture

Pollitt sculptures at SOFA Chicago 2013

With SOFA Chicago 2013 opening on October 31 at Navy Pier, it will really be eight straight years that my work has been represented there. First my wood art, now my glass sculptures. What an honor and privilege. Hope to see you there to help me celebrate!

AACG Rising Star 2013 Update

Back in June this year, I was honored to be named a Rising Star 2013 by Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG). Gaye and I attended GlassWeekend2013 for the festivities. It was a great experience as a few of our photos show.

Blue Tango dances into spotlight of Cleveland glass art collectors

It’s as if Blue Tango danced into this splendid spotlight and was captivated and captured. Our sincere appreciation to the Cleveland glass art collectors who loved my spiral glass sculpture enough to take it into their home and display it so dramatically. Additional thanks to the team at Thomas R. Riley Galleries for bringing us all together.

Harry Pollitt - Blue Tango glass sculpture

Blue Tango

SOLD. Blue Tango is my largest glass piece to date at 2′-2″ tall. During layout, I envisioned a schematic representation of dance… tall and slender with open dynamic upward movement. This spiral glass sculpture emerged.

Blue Tango | 2′-2″ tall | Kiln cast crystal | Cobalt Blue | SOLD by Thomas R. Riley Galleries

The latest SOFA logo

SOFA Chicago 2012

There is something so very special about SOFA Chicago. The feeling I get walking in on Opening Night is pure magic. So much incredible talent in one place. For me, being a participating artist feels like walking on the field at the Super Bowl. This is as good as it gets. I feel so very …

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A fruitful 2012

This year of 2012 has been busy and fruitful for my glass sculptures.  It began with the sale of Levitation. I completed Red Shift (#15), Limoncelli (#16) and Mythic Fire (#17). My #18 piece just come out of the kiln, #19 & #20 are at this moment en route to the foundry, and the wax …

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SOFA Chicago 2011

Two years ago at SOFA Chicago 2009, I was enticed into the kiln cast glass sculpture world by a glass collector who “saw” my wood sculptures in a medium totally unknown to me at the time. I call it my “cross-over moment.” This year at SOFA Chicago both my glass sculptures and wood art are represented.

Event Horizon

This glass piece was a fun project because it was my first “design as you go” glass sculpture. No layout lines in advance, just start working and see what happens. I conceived it as horizontal. Hmmm. What do you suppose happened?

Event Horizon | 1′-8″ h, 1′-6″ w, 8″ d | Kiln cast crystal | Cobalt Blue | SOLD by Thomas R. Riley Galleries