Having attended the esteemed Pilchuck Glass School, which was founded by Dale Chihuly and John and Anne Hauberg in Stanwood, Washington, David boasts an impressive artistic background. In 2010, he was honored with an invitation to be an Artist in Residence in Seto City, Japan, where he spent a month lecturing, demonstrating, and creating artwork, thanks to an award from the Seto City Art and Cultural Foundation.
In the early stages of his career, David gained valuable insights from a diverse array of talented local artists. He supplemented this learning with extensive experimentation and visits with Afro Celotto, a maestro and former assistant to Lino Tagliapietra in Murano, Italy. Recognizing his artistic prowess, David has received accolades, including an artistic merit scholarship for his studies at Pilchuck.
In David Patchen’s captivating ‘Details’ series, he delves into the intricate world of glassblowing, showcasing a masterful fusion of techniques such as murrine and canework. Within this artistic exploration, Patchen skillfully employs these methods to craft patterns and repeating motifs that elevate the vessels to his distinctive signature shapes. Each piece in the ‘Details’ series is a testament to Patchen’s expertise in manipulating glass, as he orchestrates a symphony of techniques to create visually stunning and harmoniously structured work. The series not only serves as a showcase of technical proficiency but also highlights Patchen’s unique artistic vision, where the marriage of form, pattern, and shape converges to produce exceptional and captivating glass art.