David Patchen

San Francisco, California

For two decades David’s creative energies primarily found an outlet in music, but a blowpipe and glass furnace have firmly replaced his guitar.  A former corporate marketing professional, a glassblowing class in 2001 ignited such a passion in him that he transitioned his professional career from the software world to full-time glass artist.

David has studied at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School, founded by Dale Chihuly and John & Anne Hauberg in Stanwood, Washington. In 2010, David was invited to Seto City, Japan as Artist in Residence, spending a month lecturing, demonstrating and making work through an award from the Seto City Art and Cultural Foundation.  Early in his career, he learned through a wide range of talented local artists combined with a great deal of experimentation and visits with Afro Celotto, maestro and former assistant to Lino Tagliapietra in Murano, Italy. David has received awards for his work including an artistic merit scholarship for his studies at Pilchuck.  His book David Patchen, Glass is in the permanent collection of the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Centro Studi del Vetro (Glass Study Center Library) in Venice, Italy.  Yes, we do have a copy at the gallery. David Patchen Video