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12.31.2014
Western Art Architecture David Patchen
Profiled in Dec 2014/Jan 2015 issue of Western Art & Architecture magazine in the Illuminations feature; Ones To Watch.  You can download a copy here.
09.02.2014
I found these math-driven animated gifs on the Interwebs and thought they were super cool (although possibly a bit nasuseating).  
08.31.2014
  A new, updated edition of my book is now available! If you have an iPad or other tablet, you can download an ebook version FREE by clicking here. You can preview it and order get a hardcover version through the app below: David Patchen, Glass
04.23.2014
I'm often asked by glassblowers who shoots my work (me) and advice for photographing glass. Instead of replying by email each time, I'm going to summarize my setup and advice here so it's easy to reference. I've been a photo hobbyist for years and since I initially got into photography by...
04.21.2014
Excuse the poor formatting--it's tricky to get it into the blog.What's new with David Patchen Handblown GlassIs this email not displaying correctly?View it in your browser.In This Update:New Gallery Representation:Netherlands and HawaiiShows: Hsinchu Art Festival, Chihuly...
04.20.2014
Occasionally a commission that's different than my style of work comes along and it can be a fun change of pace.These corporate awards for a large pharmaceutical company's best-performing manufacturing plants were tricky to make but turned out beautiful.  Elements of hot-sculpted glass in the...
04.09.2014
I'm teaching a class this summer on how to work with cane; specifically Uroboros' System 96 Rods.  I rarely teach primarily because I'm super busy making my own work.  Nevertheless, I've seen a lot of people around Public Glass struggling with cane and knew that I could help out without...
04.09.2014
Recently I created cast glass panels roughly 18" x 18" x 3/4" made from murrine suspended in clear glass.  I experimented with panels years ago and I'm excited to revisit this format.  I'm intending these as individual art pieces as well for ...
12.03.2013
I'm admittedly a bit of a music geek and my ear has been shaped by decades of listening to and playing guitar-based rock. Over the years I've gravitated toward technical and complex musical styles and mostly listen to music that's poly-rhythmic, harmonically complex and interesting to me--which I...
10.18.2013
I'm contacted a few times a year by students of glass about all sorts of stuff--mostly requesting visits, internships and advice on how to best learn glassblowing.  I've answered enough of the education questions that I thought I would post them here so I can direct future inquires to this...
10.09.2013
The latest newsletter is out covering SOFA, new galleries and more.  You can read it in your browser.
09.09.2013
Coverage of my show at Union University.
09.02.2013
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Meredith May, a features editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.  She was writing a piece for the Design issue of the SF Chronicle Magazine and was particularly interested in artists who got their start and made a career from their association with '...
08.10.2013
I'm a bit spoiled, since glass is such an inherently beautiful material.  There are many times that I'm in the early process of making a piece that the setup with the patterns is so beautiful as it is, that I could just put it away and it would be fantastic, rather than blow it and shape it...
07.27.2013
The exhibition Polk County Collects at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland FL runs from July 27 – October 5, 2013 in the Dorothy Jenkins Gallery.  My work made the exhibition poster :)From their website:  Polk County is truly a bastion of culture. Not only do we have great...
07.24.2013
Frequently I need tools or custom versions of tools that aren't commercially available, so I make my own.  Here's a selection of homemade tools I use frequently:Damascus color paddle/tagliol is great for saving the strap of my jacks from the heat from large overlays.Extra long damascus steel...
05.21.2013
Whenever I'm planning work and developing patterns I'm generally driven by a vision of a finished piece.  Although once in a while I get excited about a pattern or colors and develop the patterns knowing that I'll need to decide what form (series) I want to use them in eventually....
04.28.2013
The Detailers: David Patchen
The folks at Olivari Olive Oil have a documentary series that "profile unique folks who obsess over their craft and believe in carrying on a tradition of detail and care."  I was honored to be chosen as the subject of a video.   You can watch it here.
04.14.2013
What do you have available?There are two ways to view available work:- Check out what galleries have by clicking through the various gallery links on my site.  If you see a work on a gallery's website you like, please contact that gallery.  Most work is one-of-a-kind, so they are the...
02.12.2013
I was interviewed a few weeks ago for a feature in this cool new online arts magazine.  The interview is here:  Creating Linus Feature
02.11.2013
Almost exactly a year ago my work was featured on the art site artistaday.com.   Today, out of the 2,156 artists ever featured over the years, I'm currently ranked 7th!   You can give me 5 stars here and see if your vote can move my work up the rankings :)  http://artistaday.com/?p=...
02.05.2013
So Joey from Martha's Vineyard Glassworks visited the studio today and just as I was about to make a large murrine pull he whipped out his iPhone and shot this short video.  The glass I'm hanging up on the pully system is layers upon layers of colors that I stretch into 8' or so of patterned...
01.20.2013
I'm frequently contacted about all sorts of commission opportunities and often accept the ones that are interesting or a custom size or colors for my work.  I was approached by the folks who run New York eHealth Collaborative about making the awards for their annual gala event to honor ...
12.14.2012
I was recently contacted by the Centro Studi del Vetro (Glass Study Center) library in Venice, Italy to add my book to their permanent collection.  According to their website:"The Giorgio Cini Foundation has set up a dedicated Study Centre with a specialised library in...
11.14.2012
I've got a fun project that requires a small moutain of mixed color veiled cane.  This is probably 100' worth or so and about a half of what I'll finally use.  Lots of cane pulling going on...

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