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11.09.2017
This newsletter covers my visit to the Corning Museum of Glass as guest artist, new gallery, revised book, article by Glass Art Magazine.  You can read it here.
08.28.2017
The 4th edition of my book, with a foreword by Bill Gudenrath of the Corning Museum of Glass is now available.  It's significantly updated and reflects my most recent work and new series.  The foreword by Bill Gudenrath provides a brief summary of the history of murrine and offers context...
07.24.2017
I made close to two dozen pieces for a new luxury cruise ship owned by Regent Cruise lines and since it doesn't vist San Francisco, have never been able to see the work installed.  Thanks to some glassy friends, I got a heads up that some of the pieces were in a photo on CNN's story on the...
06.25.2017
In May of 2017 I spent a few days as Guest Artist at the Corning Museum of Glass and did demonstrations in their amphitheater hot shop.  The Thursday evening of my visit was one of their epic 2300 Degrees parties.  With the Museum open late, a live band and my demo being watched by a few...
05.21.2017
New large damascus tags to squeeze up murrine in style. Rainbow pattern Damascus, quilted walnut handles, stainless counterweight. These are the first and coming with me to Corning but i'll be making a few for sale. Large at 27" long, med at 13" long.      
01.24.2017
A Japanese TV crew shot us today for a show called Wafu Sohonke. Lots of demos for the camera and talk about Maruko tools (with assistant Ian Whitt). The show was on TV Tokyo at 9pm on feb 23, 2017. The show features a visit with Shin Nagai who makes excellent Maruko tools and yours...
01.04.2017
This seems like a complimentary article but my Spanish is worse than even the gibberish that Google Translate gave me.  So...who can read this in Spanish?
01.04.2017
The folks at Glass Art Magazine did a cover feature on my work earlier this year and was planning on doing another article exclusively for their subs.  Well, they decided to make this second article, David Patchen: Glass for the Inquisitive Mind, available online so anyone who wants can check...
11.24.2016
My work is featured in this book by Barbara Purchia & E. Ashley Rooney.According to the publisher (Schiffer):More than 590 brilliantly detailed photos capture the work of 112 glass artists and show the tremendous diversity, depth, and breadth of how this ancient medium is used in the twenty-...
11.14.2016
The editors at American Art Collector Magazine are always seeking to be be a timely resource for the art world by highlighting artists in advance of their shows.  I was delighted they featured me in this article announcing my show at Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersberg, FL.  The...
10.17.2016
I'm a tool geek; I love to try different tools by established makers, have custom tools made to my specs as well as make my own when I can't find something that meets my needs.  As most toolmakers aren't glassblowers, they aren't using their own tools and need to rely on feedback from their...
03.17.2016
A thread came up in CraftWeb about how to reduce injuries.  Here are some of my approaches to take stress off my body while making bigger glass: I used to pitch the pipe up to get four and five gather pieces to flow a bit before necking or after necking until I hurt my rotator cuff--now I...
02.29.2016
So honored to be featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Glass Art Magazine, especially since this magazine is published by my peers.  There's a 6-page article that's wide-ranging covering influences, challenges, creative development, etc.  The writer and I spoke for a long time and she...
12.23.2015
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12.22.2015
Frequently I have a bit of time left in my glassblowing day that's not enough to make a piece, so I often make cane cups for fun.  
12.16.2015
I use 24" diamond disks and a 106" belt sander for my coldworking, so these tips apply to those machines.  My favorite coldworking technique is all about avoiding the little bites, facets or scrapes you get when you put a piece down even a tiny bit off flat on a moving wheel.  If the...
11.12.2015
Most of my work is flattened so I'm well-aquainted with corks and the smell of them burning. Corks aren't the only tool to flatten glass; other materials you can use are metal (which leaves chill marks), wood (can stick) or graphite (can also leave chill marks). After finding some of the...
11.11.2015
This is cool :)  You can view one that's more readable here.  
09.17.2015
Getting cane and murrine onto a blowpipe presents a number of challenges, the first of which is what kind of plate to use and how to prepare it.  I've tried all different methods and settled on the following for my work.Steel vs. CeramicWhile some glassblowers still use steel plates, I don't...
09.13.2015
My style of glassblowing isn't terribly common and the way I've evolved it is unique to me.  This means that I occasionally need tools that aren't commonly made or I want them made a certain way.  Heating plates of cane or murrine in the glory hole requires a pastoralle fork, but all the...
09.11.2015
Ok, this isn't about wiping out something that you can fit your hand into--that's easy.  This is about when you get something (cerium, moisture, dust, dirt) on the inside of a piece with a very small opening.  Since my Spheres and Resistenza both have very small openings, I've figured out...
07.13.2015
Click the links below to access previous newsletters.#14 - Fall 2017#13 - Spring 2017#12 - Summer 2016#11 - Winter 2016#10 - Summer 2015#9 - Winter 2014#8 - Spring 2014#7 - Fall 2013#6 - Summer 2013#5 - Spring 2013#4 - Fall 2012#3 - Summer 2012#2 - Spring 2012#1 - Fall 2011
07.13.2015
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04.14.2015
I'm frequently asked about how to best light, secure and care for my glass so I thought it would be helpful to summarize my recommendations here for future reference.  LightingAs the vast majority of my work is one-of-a-kind, each piece interacts a bit differently with light.  However,...
04.13.2015
The website Splice has an interesting article by the director of photography from the "Detailers" video (the one featuring me) on what it was like to be behind the camera while shooting in the studio.  You can find the article here.   

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