What's new with David Patchen Handblown Glass

In This Newsletter:

  • "Vitreous Tapestry" in American Art Collector
  • Metapatterns in New Work
  • Demo to SV Fireflies
  • Cupmaking for Fun
  • Yes, I'm a Tool Geek
  • "How to" Article Series

"Vitreous Tapestry" in American Art Collector Magazine
The current issue of American Art Collector features a short article on my work titled "Vitreous Tapestry" as part of their "Artist Focus" series.  

"Amazing detail, vibrant colors and meticulous craftsmanship are hallmarks of David Patchen’s work. With an international reputation as a modern American master, Patchen combines an artistic aesthetic with exceptional technical skills in the challenging medium of glass..."

You can read the full article here

I'm always making new one-of-a-kind work and lately I've been exploring metapatterns (patterns within patterns).  

My work is made with hundreds of glass 'murrine', which are essentially tiles made from cross-sections sliced from patterned glass rods. (Think sushi roll--you can see how it's made on my website). Frequently, each slice of murrine will expose hundreds of tiny threads in a pattern. Since a large finished work can be made from 400 slices of murrine, the completed piece can easily have 40,000+ threads of glass or more depending on the design. This past month I've explored the addition of recursive patterns in related and contrasting colors. Other works have explored interruptions in the patterns with windows providing views into and through a piece, often with a lens effect since the glass that forms the window stretches at a different rate than the rest of the pattern when the glass is molten and blown.  

See my website for the latest work and recent news
 Here are a few new pieces:

Demo to SV Fireflies
I've had to pass on many of out-of-town demo invitations since we have toddlers at home, but recently the Silicon Valley Fireflies, a group of local flameworkers, wanted to visit and see demos of cane, murrine and blowing a piece. I enjoy doing demos to glassworkers since they easily understand what we're doing and ask good questions.  Inge, one of the flameworkers in the group wrote about the visit and posted some good glassblowing images here.

Making Cups for Fun
As much as I love making large work, sometimes it's nice to take a break from heavy and involved pieces. When there's too little time left in my day to blow a piece or make patterns, I'll make a cane cup. They're quick, lightweight, useful at home and still challenging enough to be good fun. They also make a cold beer taste even better after a long, hot day of glassblowing.  

Ok I Admit it--Yes, I'm Tool Geek
Glassblowing tools seem to fascinate glassblowers and laypeople alike. We use specialized and dangerous-looking tools that haven't changed much in hundreds of years. I am very particular about tools because my work requires precision and often perfect timing--this means my tools need to work effectively and consistently. I often have tools custom-made to my specs or make them myself. I did a major tool realignment in 2015 and you can see what's on my bench, learn their purpose and see the ones I've made on my website here.

"How-To" for Glassworkers and Collectors
"Hey David, would you mind telling me how you..."

Other glassblowers frequently ask me questions so I thought I'd turn my responses into short articles I can share on my website rather than replying to each person in email. I've written "How To" articles on using cork paddles, prepping ceramic plates, lighting and securing glass, making cane and more.  

If you're a glassblower or a fan of the process, you can read them in the blog on my website. Hmm, maybe a book someday... 


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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