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Third-generation glass blower Timothy Lotton visits C. Anthony Gallery

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BEAVER CREEK — Timothy Lotton, a third-generation glass blower from Chicago, will be at C. Anthony Gallery today and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Visit the gallery in Beaver Creek to see Lotton's fine-art glass and meet the artist.

Manipulating molten glass requires patience under fire and creative intuition, and Timothy Lotton manifests just that in his large, elegantly layered floral pieces and his bright, free-form vessels, each an ode to tradition and a step toward the future.

Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, in 1989, Lotton grew up in his grandfather Charles Lotton's glass shop and started making his own glass at age 10. Timothy found glassblowing to be one of the most challenging mediums to hone due to the balance of craftsmanship, artistry and physicality.

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But Charles, whose work is in the Smithsonian and the Art Institute of Chicago, showed Timothy techniques and secrets in glass making, and with practice and endurance, Timothy found joy in the rhythmic dance of glass making and grew to love all different aspects involved in the process.

John Lotton, Timothy's uncle, also mentored him in the heavy, layered floral glass technique that John pioneered. Timothy learned the hard work and dedication both his grandfather and uncle put into their glass, and they passed down that work ethic, which has helped shape and form Timothy into the man and glass artist that he is today.

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Timothy Lotton has had shows and exhibitions in the United States and recently blew glass at SOFA (Sculptural Objects Functional Art and Design) in the Corning Museum's hot shop. He has been featured on television shows such as "Good Morning Vail" and Fox News' "Hometown Friday."

Timothy Lotton's work has been in many magazines, American Art Collector and Art Business News. His pieces are in many private collections, both in the United States and in countries such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Thailand and Canada. Learn more by visiting http://www.timlottonglass.com.

If you go …

What: Glass blower Timothy Lotton.

When: 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29.

Where: C. Anthony Gallery, Gallery Promenade at Beaver Creek.

More information: Call 970-845-8645, or visit canthony.gallery.