William Carlson

born Dover, OH 1950
Also known as
  • William Douglas Carlson
  • William D. Carlson
Dover, Ohio, United States
  • American

William Carlson studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and helped establish the school's first glass program. His recent work combines granite with different types of industrial glass, including Vitrolite, a colored glass found on storefronts in the 1930s. Carlson transforms his rough sketches and ideas into Styrofoam blocks so that he can move them around and experiment with the sculpture's "kinetic force." He cuts, laminates, and polishes pieces of granite and glass to produce shapes that contain sharp angles and smooth planes.