Charles G. Lotton began his full-time, professional glass making career in January of 1973. A very successful hairstylist and salon owner, Charles had always possessed a passion for beautiful art glass. After melting scrap glass and experimenting with many different formulas, Charles developed his own secret formula for creating magnificent colors of glass. His passion for glass still remains today as he creates his beautiful pieces in his Illinois studio where many admirers come to visit. Charles is known for his Multi-Flora design.
Daniel Lotton began working in his father's glass studio at the age of 15. His first responsibility was grinding paperweights while learning the art of glassmaking. By the time he was 20, Daniel had developed a line of glass all his own. Today, he still strives to create beautiful pieces of glass. Daniel's floral vases, perfume bottles, and lamps are born in his Illinois studio where he works with his father, and grace the shelves of many fine galleries.
At a very young age, John T. Lotton began his career as a glass artist. In the early years, he mostly finished and polished his father's work, but it was at the end of each work day that John's glass blowing apprenticeship really began. During this learning period, John created glass paperweights and small pendants which sold rather quickly through his father's shop.
John's enthusiasm and interest in creating glass grew, while his skills, knowledge and craftsmanship developed and allowed him to realize his vision. It is with a tremendous determination and creative spirit that John has spent the last 20-plus years perfecting his glass art process. Driven always to challenge himself, John's passion is simply to create a more magnificent piece of glass than the time before.
Each piece of John Lotton glass is hand-blown by John himself, and each is a unique creation in terms of color and form. John uses only the finest quality glass materials, the purest sand and chemical colorants which he carefully measures and hand-mixes to create the best original glass works possible. In the actual forming stages, John is working with glass that is heated to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit as he formulates layer after layer of design motif and color. John Lotton arrives at his desired forms by challenging the very laws of nature, including gravity and centrifugal force with unparalleled hand-blowing skill, using shaping tools which John designs himself. After finishing and polishing, John signs and dates each piece of glass.
The outstanding results of John Lotton's work can be viewed in fine galleries and private collections across North America, Europe and Asia.