Bill Hawk Bio

“I began working with glass many years ago, starting with stained glass. I made lamps, windows, and decorative pieces, but life and career took over my time and I stopped. My fascination with glass didn’t end though. I became a collector of many different forms of art glass made by outstanding artists. As retirement grew closer, I decided to focus again on making glass art. My favorite form of glass art came from lost wax kiln casting techniques, which combines sculpture, color, and light in ways that are simply mesmerizing.
Ten years ago, I began taking classes in lost wax kiln casting at the Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, New York. After multiple classes with some of the most talented glass artists in the US, and many years of practice and experimentation, I feel that have reasonably mastered the techniques and have begun producing art that I’m proud to present.
Since one of my main hobbies is water gardening, I began by casting Victoria waterlily leaves that I had grown in my water garden. Their leaf structure is unbelievably complex and beautiful, both above and below the water. I have castings of both surfaces, each very different, fascinating and unlike any other plant that I’m aware of. And once captured in glass they are even more stunning.”