David Patchen

"I find glass as seductive as it is challenging. The challenge of designing and executing complex work satisfies me as both an artist and a craftsman. I find it exciting to spend days creating a piece and then to watch it come to life in the fire. "

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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Zanfirico Foglio III
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 6,500
Amber Glow Foglio
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 7,900
Zanfirico Foglio II
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 6,500
Aqua Gold Foglio
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 8,250
Mocha Cellular Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 6,500
Taupe Resistenza
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,295 - $ 1,415
Bauhaus Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 2,800 - $ 2,920
Bauhaus Ellipse
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 4,000
Gold Ruby Cellular Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 6,500 - $ 6,620
Amber-Windowed Parabola
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 850 - $ 1,350
Aqua, Gold, and Hyacinth Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 3,200 - $ 3,320
Plum, Lilac, and Amber Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 995 - $ 1,115
Sunset Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 3,200 - $ 3,320
Sunset Ellipse
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 4,000
Pointillist Sphere
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 4,200
Sunset Resistenza
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 3,200 - $ 3,320
Passiflora Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,295 - $ 1,815
Jazz Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,295 - $ 1,815
Rainforest Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,295 - $ 1,815
Indigo Bloom
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 11,500
Gold Bloom
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 11,500
Cerulean & Gold Thread Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 6,500 - $ 6,620
Mosaic Foglio II
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,250 - $ 1,770
Turquoise & Amber Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 795 - $ 1,115
Woven Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 795 - $ 1,115
Plaid Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 795 - $ 1,115
White and Cerulean Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 795 - $ 1,115
Mixed Murrini Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 7,500 - $ 7,620
Black Twist Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 795 - $ 1,115
Foglio in Almond
Art Glass Vessel

$ 795 - $ 1,115
White Cane Parabola
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250 - $ 1,370
Mixed Murrini Resistenza
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 8,500 - $ 8,620
Mixed Cane Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 795 - $ 1,115
Aqua, Gold, and Amethyst Resistenza
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 3,200 - $ 3,320
Multicolored Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 850 - $ 1,270
Cherry/Amber Cane Foglio
Art Glass Vessel

$ 795 - $ 1,115
Mixed Murrini Sphere
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 6,800 - $ 6,920
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Red Hot, Tacoma, WA, Museum of Glass, 2011
Vienna International Art Show, Vienna, Austria, Vienna, Austria, 2011
Artist in Residence Exhibition, Seto City Japan, Seto City Museum, 2010
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
Guest Artist, Corning, NY, Corning Museum of Glass, 2017
Collections
Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2009