What's new with David Patchen Handblown Glass

In this Newsletter:

- Show & Demo at Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
- Collaborations 
- Habatat Galleries Annual Invitational 
- Montague Gallery, San Francisco, CA
- Murano GAS Conference
- AACG Demo
- Glow Glass
- Media
  - CMOG Demo
  - Glass Art Magazine, American Art Collector articles
  - Instagram
  - David Patchen; Glass (book)

Transparency at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, Charlotte, NC

I'm part of a show at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art opening Jan 11, with a demo/party the following night.  Here's a blurb from their website about these events:
"This group exhibition includes accomplished glass artists and several innovative North Carolina-based painters and multi-media artists. Transparency highlights how artists use materials, forms and ideas about transparency to explore how we see and experience the world, while questioning whether art helps us to see things differently.

New work by David Patchen will feature his own intricate and vibrant murrine glass; Patchen will also exhibit innovative collaborative work with Alabama-based Mark Leputa, and in a first-ever experiment, Patchen and Toland Sand have directed each other’s processes to create works that combine the other’s style and technique.  Featuring: David Patchen, Alex Bernstein, Brent Skidmore, Mark Leputa, Linda Luise Brown and Chris Watts."  Opening Reception with the Artists, Jan 11, 2019; 6:00-8:00pm

"On Saturday evening Patchen will create glass sculptures at Charlotte’s only hot shop, Hot Glass Alley, assisted by Mark Leputa and Hot Glass Alley owner Jake Pfeifer. After the demo, enjoy conversation, drinks and hors-d’oeuvres with the artists. $30 RSVP required through Elder Gallery, limited availability.  Hot Glass Alley is located at 438 Atando Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206."

Demonstration by David Patchen, Jan 12, 2019; 4:00 – 6:30pm at Hot Glass Alley
See Elder Gallery's website for more information and tickets.

Collaborations; Toland Sand and Mark Leputa 

The Elder Gallery show features collaborative works made with fellow artists Toland Sand and Mark Leputa. Collaborations are inherently tricky and intriguing since they involve partnering with another artist who has their own expertise, vision and aesthetic. I've intentionally worked with artists who possess glassworking skills that are complementary to mine and whose aesthetic and work I appreciate. 

Toland Sand's prismatic and exacting optical crystal sculptures are a marvel of vibrant internal fireworks, flashing unexpected perspectives as you move around their varied forms. Partnering allowed us to combine my hotworking expertise with Toland's coldworking expertise to create unique, motion-filled optical crystal sculpture. 

Mark Leputa utilizes grinding and cutting to excise patterns into glass. Mark and I collaboratively designed work where my murrine patterns would be hidden under an opaque outer layer of glass when I blow them.  Once cooled, the work was shipped to Mark, who expertly carved through the outside opaque glass, exposing the murrine patterns inside.  Throughout our collaboration, Mark and I never met, so I'm looking forward to seeing him in Charlotte.
Upcoming: Habatat Galleries Invitational 

I'm excited to participate in Habatat Galleries 2019's International Glass Award Exhibition. This annual event is a three-day weekend planned by Habatat Galleries that includes an auction, dinners, museum tours, demonstrations, artist talks, artists, parties.  It's the largest annual international glass exhibition in the world.

This year's theme is Celebrating the Life of the Artist. The exhibition will take place at the Habatat Galleries Complex in Royal Oak, Michigan. The VIP Weekend dates are May 2 - 4th, with the Grand Opening to the public on May 4th at 8:00 pm.  More information and tickets will be available at Habatat's website.  I plan on showing 3 pieces and to fly out for the weekend's events.
New Hometown Representation: Montague Gallery

I'm excited to be represented in San Francisco by Montague Gallery, the glass world's newest contemporary venue.  With a beautiful space and passionate leadership, they've quickly made a big impact with beautifully-curated shows featuring top internationally-known luminaries such as Dante Marioni, John Kiley, Latchezar Boyadjiev, and Lino Tagliapietra.  Visit them at 445A Sutter Street and you will see why Montague Gallery is attracting major talent and the attention of the glass art world.
Recent Events - 2018 Glass Art Society Conference in Murano

This annual conference attracts artists, collectors, educators, gallerists and enthusiasts, changing location every year. This year's conference was in Murano, Italy--the first time ever in this historic mecca for glass art. The Muranese have famously guarded their glassblowing techniques with the exception of a few mavericks who controversially ventured abroad to teach, beginning in 1979.  So for the Muranese to host 1,800 glass people for a conference was a major shift towards openness. The opportunity to visit storied factories such as Venini, and artist studios including Lino's, the Salvadores' and Ferro Brothers was amazing. The power of social media was profound--it was hard to walk far without stopping to chat with artists who recognized me from Instagram or Facebook (the benefits of having +17k followers). The most random chance meetup was bumping into maestro Afro Celotto (photo) while grabbing lunch. I first met Afro the last time I visited Murano in 2004 and he was generous to let me observe him and his team blowing glass.  He's visited the US since, but I hadn't seen him in a decade. It was a fantastic trip.
Recent Events - Art Alliance of Contemporary Glass Demo

This past fall I did a demo to a visiting group of AACG members as they toured around the Bay Area. The AACG is a great organization of glass enthusiasts who actively support glass as an artistic medium through grants to museums to underwrite exhibitions and to artists who are making or seeking to make a full-time career using the medium of glass.

I've never done a demonstration to a group of people as engaged, inquisitive and passionate as this 40-person group that visited me at Public Glass and watched me create this intricate threaded Ellipse. They were such good fun to chat with after as well.  If you love glass, learn more about the AACG here

Phosphorescent (Glow In the Dark) Glass

Brightly lit                                                                    Dark (exposure: 1.3 sec. F9, ISO 6400) 

As if glass, with it's amazing ability to freeze fine detail, transmit color and light isn't magical enough, there's florescent glass that glows brightly under a black light (UV light). I frequently use this uranium glass in my work--more for its ability to form beautiful convex lenses in patterns than its florescence. 

However--for those who find black lights and florescent glass old hat, there's a glass that simply glows in the dark (like the hands on a watch). With great care to use this effect tastefully, I've been experimenting with glow glass in my work. It appears close to white in a well-lit environment, but after some time in bright light, it glows light green in the dark. It's interesting to design work to be successful in both conditions.     
I'm frequently asked about articles and videos so here are some good links and downloads:
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