Patchen considers the graceful shapes of his works to be three-dimensional canvases on which to explore how glass holds detailed elements in suspension and bends light. Patchen is influenced by textiles, patterns in nature, and the marine environment. Through the medium of glass, Patchen plays with the ideas of contrasting transparency and opacity and the creation of ''windows'' with views into or through his pieces.
David Patchen creates art glass that explores pattern, color, and transparency through the use of multi-layered cane and murrini--some of the most difficult techniques in glass. Each piece is begun by meticulously planning color combinations and patterns. To create the intricate stripes and patterns for which his work is known, Patchen first has to create the necessary cane and murrini by layering multiple colors and stretching hot glass into rods. Once the glass has cooled, Patchen cuts and arranges the rods into a mosaic to design the final work, a process that can take days. The compositions are fused and wrapped around a bubble of liquid glass to begin the blowing process.
David Patchen's work is well-known for its intricate detail and vibrant color. His work is widely collected, has received numerous awards, and is exhibited in galleries and juried shows internationally. His book, "Explorations in Murrine," is in the permanent collection of the Library at the Corning Museum of Glass as well as Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Centro Studi del Vetro (Glass Study Center Library) in Venice, Italy. While primarily self-taught, Patchen has studied at Pilchuck Glass School and with talented artists including Afro Celotto in Murano, Italy.
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Red Hot, Tacoma, WA, Museum of Glass, 2011
Kunstmesse Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2011
Vienna International Art Show, Vienna, Austria, Vienna, Austria, 2011
Artist in Residence Exhibition, Seto City Japan, Seto City Museum, 2010
Juror's Choice Award, San Francisco, CA, ArtSpan San Francisco Private Preview Gala , 2009
Invited Artist, Sausalito, CA, Sausalito Art Festival, 2009
ART Shanghai, Shanghai, China, Shanghai, China, 2013
ART Palm Beach , FL, Palm Beach, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
SOFA Chicago , IL, Chicago , 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
"Masters of Glass", San Francisco, Gump's , 2015