- Guest Artist at Corning Museum of Glass
- Primetime TV in Japan
- American Art Collector
- Vidrio Perfil (Spain)
- Uranium Glass
New Gallery: Newport Beach, CA
Guest Artist at Corning Museum of Glass
Last fall, I was delighted to host some of the leaders of the Corning Museum of Glass and a major collector/patron for a studio visit. Long story short, I was invited to be a Guest Artist
and featured at the Museum's 2300 Degrees event this May. I'll be working at CMoG May 23-25 in the main amphitheater hotshop. If you're in Corning, please say hi; if not, the 2300 Degree event is scheduled to be live-streamed so you can watch it here
during the demo.
On Primetime TV in Japan
The Japanese TV show Wafu Sohonke
features people who are leaders in Japanese culture and tradition. Periodically the show features artisans/craftspeople whose handmade tools are used
by professionals around the world. In April, the show featured Shin Nagai, maker of Maruko glassblowing tools. Since I use his tools, the TV crew came to San Francisco and shot me and my assistant Ian making glass and talking about Maruko tools. I can't understand it, but my Japanese voice (overdubbed) is quite deep and mellifluous. Apparently, if I learn Japanese I will sound like Barry White!
Coincidentally, I may be teaching a workshop in Japan on cane and murrine techniques this fall.
This past winter American Art Collector
published David Patchen; Intricate Patterns
in concert with my show and demo event at Duncan McClellan Gallery
in St. Petersberg, Florida in late November. You can
read a copy of this article on my website
Spanish magazine Vidrio Perfil
will publish Galería de Artistas - David Patchen
this summer. If you read Spanish, you can check it out on my website
Uranium Glass is Wild
Glass colored with uranium, also known as 'vaseline glass' used to be commonplace in mass-
produced decorative glass but it fell out of favor with the rising cost of the element. Recently I've been incorporating uranium into my work and it's pretty magical stuff. It barely moves when molten so I use it to create convex lenses which make for interesting optics. But the secret bonus is that it fluoresces like crazy under a UV ('black') light, which is an attribute very few buyers of my work will probably ever even discover. And yes, at close proximity it has detectable levels of radioactivity, but my supplier's analysis indicates it's well within safe levels.
New Gallery in Newport Beach
I'm excited to be one of the featured artists at the grand opening of Pacific Sculpture Gallery in Newport Beach, CA. The gallery is in Lido Marina Village and is scheduled to open June 10th.
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