Meet David Patchen 

Born and raised in New York, David Patchen took a glassblowing class in 2001 and was so inspired that he transitioned from a career in corporate marketing to a full-time glass artist. His artworks always begin with the pattern. In the early stages of his career, he would sketch pattern ideas; both to consider colour and design and to record possibilities for future use. Now, when he makes murrine, he often has a vision of a colour combination that he would like to explore, or will make a variation of different forms - cutting and arranging different pieces together to achieve the perfect mosaic.

About The Work 

Part of the Ellipse series, this work by David Patchen uses the murrine technique to create windows of moss and aquamarine with threads of indigo. Inspired by colour and detail, Patchen uses each of his creations as a study of contrasting dense detail with bands of transparent windows in both contrasting and complimentary colours. He injects motion to this detailed Ellipse through the subtle twist in the spiral pattern. This is created by switching the pattern from the initial blow pipe to another at a right angle, placing the vanishing point on the face of the piece.


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