Student, University Michigan, 1942. Bachelor in Design, University Michigan, 1947. Master of Fine Arts, Cranbrook Academy Art, 1951.
Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Philadelphia University Arts, 1982. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Rhode Island School of Design, 1996. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University Wisconsin, 2000.
Docorate (honorary), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 2004.
Instructor ceramics Toledo Museum Art, 1949-1951. Professor art University Wisconsin, Madison, 1951-1977, chairman department, 1964-1967, 69-71, professor emeritus, since 1977. Chief Executive Officer Littleton Studios, Spruce Pine, North Carolina, since 1981.
With Signal Corps United States Army, 1942-1945, European Theatre of Operations.
Board of directors Penland School, North Carolina, president of the board directors, 1986-1988. President, chairman Littleton Company, Inc., Spruce Pine, North Carolina, since 1981. With Signal Corps United States Army, 1942-1945, European Theatre of Operations.
Fellow American Crafts Council (trustee 1957, 61-64, trustee emeritus, gold medal 1983), Corning Museum Glass (Rakow award for excellence in art ofglass). Member National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts (honorary), Glass Art Society (honorary life, lifetime achievement award 1993), American Ceramic Society (honorary life), National Association Schools Art and Designs (Distinguished Svc. in Visual Arts citation 1996, Urbanglass award for Lifetime Achievement in Glass 1998). M C.
Married Bess Toyo Tamura, September 6, 1947. Children— Carol Louise Littleton Shay, Thomas Harvey, Kathryn Tamra (deceased), Maurine Bess, John Christopher.