What's new with David Patchen Handblown Glass

What's Up:

  • Guest Artist at Corning Museum of Glass
  • Primetime TV in Japan
  • Press:
    • 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. 
Follow Me On Instagram

While I'm blowing glass, I occasionally post process photos to my Instagram feed. So if you want to see what's going on in the studio follow me on Instagram.


Contact me at 650-740-9794 or email If you're in San Francisco, I'm happy to host visitors to the studio.

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