Christopher Watts

Christopher G. Watts received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1990, where he was fortunate to work with many of the prominent glass artists of the contemporary glass art movement including Therman Statom, Dale Chihuly, Fritz Dreisbach, Dante Marioni and Michael Scheiner. He received his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2007, where he worked with many prominent contemporary non-glass artists including Taylor Davis, Terry Adkins and E.V. Day. He has been teaching sculpture and glassblowing at numerous colleges and private studios since 2002 including Massachusetts College of Art, Diablo Glass School, MIT, Boston University, and the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.

For 15 years Christopher worked as a commercial designer and glassblower. In this role he worked both for himself in various business ventures, and as a "gaffer", or lead glassblower for numerous production glass studios throughout New England and abroad. He currently owns and runs Watts Hot Glass LLC with his wife and partner, Sarah Watts. In 1998-99 he was invited along with Sarah to be the first two artists in residence at The National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England. There they led a team of glassblowers in demonstrations for the public at the NGC and created multiple collaborative designs. During this residency he started making conceptually driven sculptures and large-scale outdoor glass installations. He eventually found conceptually driven work to be the most rewarding, so in 2005 he shifted his focus to his concept driven sculptures.

Since attending graduate school he has been making sculptural work that combines the formal history of glass with its archival and recyclable qualities to create work based on contemporary issues such as racial and class divisions, personal history within inanimate materials, and perceptions of and transference of value. His sculptures are included in several private collections throughout the United States. In 2008 he was invited to give a public presentation of his work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Real Estate sculpture, value series #3, a reproduction of Damien Hirst's "For the Love of God".
Blown and slumped glass using silver and gold from jewelry that had once belonged to the artist's mother in the form of the coloration in the glass.
Trade, a reproduction of American and English glassware from the time of slavery.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park Boston Center for Adult Education DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Newton Community Education