K. William LeQuier, the American glass artist, creates glass sculptures by polishing glass plates instead of melting glass. As if splashed ink frozen in the air, his works are inspired by the natural movements of the sea and its creatures, such as a wave crashing or a jellyfish swimming through the sea.
In 1976, LeQuier and his wife Mary Angus, in collaboration with two other glass artists, established Bittersweet Glassworks, a glassblowing studio in Connecticut. In 1983, the couple moved the studio to Vermont.
After blowing art glass vessels for years, LeQuier made an attempt at sandblasted surfaces. “I was intrigued by the sandblasting process. I found that I could carve the glass to generate a myriad of textures similar to results of accelerated natural erosion.” Over time, his sandblasted vessels with a geometric pattern have evolved into organic sculptures carved in relief from blown glass.