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David Royce

  • In my work I use traditional glass blowing techniques to achieve a variety of both sculptural and functional forms. My approach to glass relies heavily on layering of colors and extensive cold working and carving to reveal those colors.
  • In 2000, at the age of fifteen, David Royce began glassblowing as an apprentice for Tom Rine and Thomas Maras at Island Glass Studios in Minneapolis. During his last two years of high school he continued to work at Island Glass and also attended Anoka Ramsey Community College in Minneapolis, where he studied studio glass blowing for three semesters.

    Royce continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin: River Falls in 2002, with the intention of earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in glass. However, his direction changed during his sophomore year while on a glassmaking study abroad program in Taiwan. This experience broadened his horizons and when he returned to Minneapolis he decided to take time off from glassblowing and began studies at the University of Minnesota. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in child psychology, with a minor in Chinese language and literature in 2006.

    In 2005, he re-discovered his passion for glass-making and joined Foci: Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, where he began working as studio manager and instructor. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2006, Royce has been a full-time independent glass artist. 

    When working with traditional forms that are referentially functional, Royce features clean forms that set the stage for a combination of contrasting techniques. The vessels have a sandblasted surface with a luminous semi-transparency, contrasted by sections of opaque colored glass in organic, asymmetrical patterns. The opaque areas are accented with carving. Royce has a unique approach to cold-work. Often, cold-work stresses a precision that adds a quality of mechanical perfection to a piece.  However, Royce uses cold-working in lively and unexpected ways that express movement and depth in each piece.   

    In his current body of work he has introduced epoxy, steel, sheet metal inlays and bronze components to pieces to augment the work, sometimes putting two or more pieces together with hidden metal joints creating objects as tall as 8 feet.

  • Summary
    Twelve years experience with glassblowing
    Four years experience as glassblowing instructor
    Five years experience with studio management and equipment repair
    Six years experience as full time professional glass artist

    Glassblowing Education
    Haystack Mountain School - Deer Isle, ME   (Summer, 2007)
    1 week intensive workshop on Graal technique and with Peter Houk
    University of River Falls - River Falls, WI (2002-2003)
    2 semesters of “Studio Glass” with Jim Engebretson
    Pigeon Lake Field Station – Drummond, WI (Summer 2002, 2003)
    Two, week-long glassblowing sessions
    Anoka Ramsey Community College
    3 semesters of  “Studio Glass” classes 2001-2002 with Bob Toensing
    Island Glass – Minneapolis, MN (2000-2002)
    Apprenticed for two years with Tom Rine and Tom Maras starting at age 15.

    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Psychology, 2006
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, Minneapolis, MN
    Minor in Asian Languages and Literatures with a concentration in
    Chinese Language.
    University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2002 - 2004
    General education coursework, two semesters of glassblowing and
    one semester in Taipe, Taiwan on study-abroad program.

    Career History
    Studio Manager, Foci Glass (2005-2010)
    Member, Board of Directors, Foci: Minnesota Center for Glass Art (2009-present)
    Owner, David Royce Glass (2005-present)
    Built personal Studio in St. Paul, MN (2010 completed – Ongoing)

    Teaching Experience
    Visiting Professor  - University of Wisconsin - River Falls, (Summer 2009, 2010)
    Taught glassblowing course at Pigeon Lake Field Station
    Lead Instructor – Foci: MN Center for Glass Art  (2006-2010)
    Teach beginning glassblowing classes and work with students in 1:1 
    Mentorships.  Have worked with adults and high school students.

    Shows and Accomplishments
    Filmed by Twin Cities Public Television for the show MN Original (2010)
    Invited to participate in exhibit, “Reflected Splendor” a show including 
    selected European Glass Masters and Local Artists working with Scandinavian
    glass techniques – hosted by the American Swedish Institute – Mpls, MN
    Voted Best in Show, Park Point Art Fair,  Duluth, Minneasota 2008
    Commissioned by Target Corporation to create the awards for the
    Tribeca Music Festival, American Black Film Festival, AFI Film Festival

    Exhibited at Juried Art Shows Including:
    St. Louis Art Fair – St. Louis
    Uptown Art Fair – Mineapolis
    St. James Court Art Festival – Louisville
    Madison Art Fair – Madison
    Gasparrilla Art Fair –Tampa
    Country Club Plaza Art Fair - Kansas City