Eric Hilton received a Master of Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art in 1960, and was subsequently appointed as a faculty member. He also taught at several other art colleges in Scotland and England around this time and
received national recognition for his work in glass sculpture. He came to the University of Victoria in 1969, where he developed a program in three-dimensional design in the newly formed Department of Studio Visual Arts. He
taught at UVic until 1971 before moving to the New York State College of Ceramics, where he stayed until 1977.
Speaking about his contemporary work, Hilton emphasizes the creative process — building, molding, etching, cutting, and polishing — rather than subject matter. For him, the finished piece is “a vehicle that synthesizes
order into the awe of existence... It represents the soul of human consciousness.” His early work Obelisk, held at the University of Victoria, was made by grinding, carving and polishing a block of plexiglass.
Throughout his career, Hilton has produced works of art ranging from small intricate geometric shapes to major sculptural installations. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and the Otari Memorial Art Museum in Nishinomiya, Japan. He is the co-founder of Pelucida, a fine art glass manufacturing studio in upstate New York.