David Patchen

“Nothing happens by accident in this style of work.”

Patchen’s style of glasswork is so labor-intensive as to be mindnumbing. His intricate patterns all must be mentally conceived, produced, and accurately laid out prior to vase production. His mastery of the difficult murrine techniques result in large works that are detailed, exciting, and surgically precise.

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Primarily self-taught, Patchen then studied informally with Afro Celotto, former assistant to Lino Tagliapietra, and was awarded a scholarship for artistic merit to attend the legendary Pilchuck Glass School. Patchen's work is frequently exhibited in prestigious shows internationally and is in many private collections, including Elton John's. His work is known and respected in Murano and his book, David Patchen: Glass, is in the permanent collection of Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Centro Studi del Vetro (Glass Study Center Library) in Venice, Italy.

Born and raised in New York, David Patchen now resides in San Francisco.  David's work is known for its intense colors, intricate detail and meticulous craftsmanship, is in numerous private collections and exhibited internationally.

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 David that he transitioned his professional career from the software world to full-time glass artist.

David studied at the legendary 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.

David is actively involved in the glass arts community, as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors at Public Glass (San Francisco's center for glass art), a member of the Pilchuck Leadership Council and former member of the Board of Directors, Glass Alliance of Northern California. David maintains a private studio within Public Glass where he creates his work and occasionally instructs. He enjoys and finds inspiration in international travel, the marine environment, photography, architecture, science and nature.


​Notable collectors and permanent collections of Patchen's work:

  • Seto City Art Museum, Japan

  • Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

  • Peninsula Hotel, Paris

  • Island Hotel, Newport Beach

  • Crown Plaza, Shanghai (Presidential Suite)

  • Jack Welsh, GE

  • Jeff Immelt, GE

  • Sam Palmisano, IBM

  • Arnold Fisher - CEO, Fisher Brothers Development

  • George C. Halvorson – Chairman, Kaiser Permanente

  • Michael J. Critelli – CEO, Dossia

  • Elton John

  • Mark Parker - CEO, Nike

  • Vinod and Neeru Khosla - Khosla Ventures

  • Herb Kelleher - Founder, Southwest Airlines

  • Marcia Goodstein and Bill Gross - CEO, Idealab

  • George and Mary Wheyerhouser

  • Ken Tuchman - CEO, TeleTech

  • James Della Collection

  • Jack and Aviva Robinson

  • Zeke Friedlander