Birmingham-based artist Cam Langley combines precise glass-blowing techniques with experimental forms and nature. He hopes to instill a sense of wonder about the diversity of life on the planet with his work.
Visits to the extensive glass collection of the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia – Langley’s hometown – sparked his interest in glass. There, he found the flowing, natural forms of Art Nouveau works by artists like Louis Comfort Tiffany especially intriguing. In 1979, after working for 10 years as a civil engineer, he decided to pursue his passion for glass full-time. He studied under Harvey Littleton, considered the father of the Studio Glass Movement.
Museums and galleries across the country exhibit and sell Langley’s glass bouquets, lamps, goblets, and flowers. He and his wife, Janice Kluge – a sculptor and former studio art professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham – continue to impact Birmingham’s art community. In 2007, UAB established an endowed scholarship to honor their artistic legacy.
A glass bouquet by the artist is always on view at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The rest of the Museum’s collection of Langley’s work travels to The Kirklin Clinic in downtown Birmingham for one year beginning in November 2012.