CAC Receives Gift of Sculpture

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Custom Awards

As a tribute to the Cultural Arts

Center, Thom Lillie, glassblower, has

blown in glass a rendering of the 1988

poster that is the logo for the CAC. Lillie

did not try to copy the poster. “I felt The

Ans when I saw that poster and I tried to

capture the feeling in glass,” he ex-

plained. Lillie has made a gift of the work

to the CAC; it will remain on permanent

exhibit at the Center.


A native Atlantan, Lillie grew up learn-

ing techniques of glassblowing from

his father. The Lillie family owns Lillie

Glassblowers in Smyrna, Georgia. The

company produces both scientific and

artistic glassware. Lillie was educated at

Southern Tectmical Institute (Atlanta) and

Salem Technical Institute (Salem, New

Jersey). He went on to study scientific

glassblowing on an advanced level at the

University of Minnesota. For five years

Lillie practiced and produced increasingly

more difficult blown glass pieces. While

studying at the University he also bran-

ched into artistic and creative glassblow-

ing. His most challenging assignment

came from a national diaper manufacturer

who wanted a blown glass baby for use in

a commercial. Lillie worked for 27 hours

to produce the life-like artifact, an

articulated glass infant.


Since then he has worked in  Lillie Glass-

blowers. The company  divides its production

between blowing scientific  glass for companies

such as Coca Cola and the Centers for

Disease Control and blowing creative

glass pieces for sale in the Lillie Shop at

the Galleria Mall in Atlanta.

As  an artist Lillie finds inspiration in

everyday life. He creates in glass subjects of

nature, family living, cityscapes and abstract

artifact designs. His most recent pieces are

sports figures.

Previously Lillie has blown for the

CAC the glass magnolias which were

presented as the Maggie Awards last

fall. The CAC is proud of the relationship

that it has established with Lillie and

is honored to receive and display

his gift of sculpture.