I find glass as seductive as it is challenging. As a particularly unforgiving medium, an artist has endless creative opportunities to design for its unique properties–the only limitations are their imagination and skill in working with the material. I’ve always been captivated by how one can use this enigmatic material to achieve virtually any form, hold elements in suspension, and achieve great detail or soft abstraction.
All it took was a single glassblowing class to change the course of David Patchen’s trajectory in corporate marketing. For years, he used music as his creative outlet, but once exposed to the power, beauty and challenge of coaxing molten glass into objects of awe, David dropped marketing software and began to design glass art. David’s acclaimed work is known for its intense colors, intricate detail and meticulous craftsmanship, and is in numerous private collections and exhibited internationally. Born and raised in New York, David now resides in San Francisco, where he maintains a private studio within Public Glass, San Francisco’s center for glass art.
David has been guest artist at the Corning Museum of Glass and studied at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School, founded by Dale Chihuly and John & Anne Hauberg in Stanwood, Washington. In 2010, David was invited to Seto City, Japan as Artist in Residence, spending a month lecturing, demonstrating and making work through an award from the Seto City Art and Cultural Foundation. Early in his career, he learned through a wide range of talented local artists combined with a great deal of experimentation and visits with Afro Celotto, maestro and former assistant to Lino Tagliapietra in Murano, Italy. His book David Patchen, Glass is in the permanent collection of the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Centro Studi del Vetro (Glass Study Center Library) in Venice, Italy. His work is collected by Elton John, numerous corporate CEOs, including Jack Welch, Herb Kelleher and Mark Parker, and more than a dozen corporations.