There are a few artists on the Artful Home site whose work consistently elicits a single word response of: “WOW.” David Patchen is in that elite group — his art glass sculptures and vessels are absolutely exquisite. The amount of detail expressed in his work is incredible. He uses intricate patterns of cane and murrini in stunning colors shaped into beautiful, impressive forms.
I love the way that light plays off of and is diffused by the different stripes, windows, and colors in his works. The shapes and colors created draw your eye across the entire glass form. They’re large, and yet somehow delicate; while heavy and substantial, the details make the pieces incredibly intricate. Patchen explores how light moves and bends, using opacity and transparency in contrast. Each piece is a unique combination of colors and shapes in glass that provide interest and attract you to look more closely.
Patchen’s love of molten glass began after viewing a demonstration in a local studio. Giving up his job in marketing, he devoted himself to his creative passion. Early in his career, he traveled to Italy to study under glass master Afro Celotto, and was able to use the education to refine and improve his techniques.