What's new with David Patchen Handblown Glass

What's happening:

Check out the all-new
  • All new work
  • New behind-the-scenes "how it's made" photos
  • Larger, detailed images
  • New blog
  • New private 'available work' section
  • Links to share on Facebook, Pinterest
Check it out:


Bloom Evolve

Bloom have been evolving to include more contrasting interior/exterior colors and patterns.  The forms are also becoming more varied and asymmetrical.  They are all one-of-a-kind works, but they are all of one 'species' that explore the theme of things hidden and revealed. 

At my new website is a full portfolio of Bloom with more at the show at Stewart Fine Art in Boca Raton.


Gallery/Show Update
  • The show that launched the new series Bloom has been extended through the summer at Stewart Fine Art in Boca Raton. 
  • A show & demo is shaping up for St. Pete in the winter.
  • I'm now working with Marshall-LeKae Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and Two Moon Gallery in Nashville, TN.
  • I'll be participating in SF Open Studios on the weekend of Oct. 20 & 21st.  Always great deals on seconds and experiments.

Demo for GLANC

I'll be doing a show/talk/demo for GLANC (Glass Alliance of Northern California) at Public Glass on August 18th.  They're a great group of glass collectors, enthusiasts and artists who often plan 'glassy' events.  Check them out at  There should be info about this event on their site soon, but feel free to contact them if you want to join.

Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. 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.
    - Check out the "Available Work" section on the site.  Please feel free to request a password and bookmark it so you can check back to see what's new at any time.
  2. Can I commission something in specific colors or size?
    Sure, feel free to contact me via email or phone. 
  3. How do you get the detail and pattern in the glass?
    The techniques I use are referred to as 'cane' (patterned rods) and 'murrine' (patterned tiles).  It's all handmade by me in a very time-consuming and exacting process. My website now has a good overview of how it's all done at In the Studio.
  4. Your work is very Italian in style; are you influenced by Lino/Barovier/Afro/etc.?
    Every serious glassblower today has been influenced by Lino Tagliapietra.  "The Maestro" changed glassmaking in the U.S with his first trip to Pilchuck in '79.  But the Italian techniques of cane and murrine popularized in the last hundred years by the Muranese originated in the middle east over a thousand years ago.  So while I share technique with Italians, I also do with Egyptians.  As far as direct comparisons to Murano, my work is imported by a gallery into Vienna, Austria because "Murano doesn't make work this detailed or vibrant."  While I appreciate other work in glass, I try to avoid seeing other murrine work because I want to maintain my own voice.
  5. Do you ever get burned?
    Sure, but it's usually pretty minor.  The glass is crazy-hot so it's rare to inadvertently touch it.  Glassblowers mostly get burned on a hot tool or piece of equipment.  But after doing it for many years what's hot and what's not are second nature so even minor burns are uncommon. 
  6. Why is the glass orange?  I don't see you making that much work that's orange.
    When glass is really hot it glows orange.  The colors aren't true until the piece is cooled fully--usually the next day.


Feel free to contact me at or call 650-740-9794. 

If you're going to be in San Francisco, I'm always happy to host visitors to the studio.

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