These photos are taken by Roger Meyers. There were over 1600 images for us to choose from, and for those, he had to edit his images down from about 3000! SO, this is a thank you to him and to all the other participants who journeyed on that 5-day tour and had the best time ever looking at glass, meeting the artists, touring around Seattle and dining on excellent food.
Walking into a hot shop is exhilarating, and even if you have done it before, that sense of wonder never lessens, believe us, as we have been going on these trips to Seattle for over 15 years, and some of our collectors have opted to go back with us 2 or 3 times…. It’s that good!
Below is a link to our online blog where many more photos are posted.
Enjoy! Jim and Kim
Richard Royal, Full Circle Catalog available. Click to view online version.
We are fortunate to know Richard Royal and represent him at our gallery. A highly skilled, thoughtful, and creative artist, Richard’s contribution to the education and development of the medium, through his teaching at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, and his collaboration with other artists, has established him as a major force in the art glass renaissance in the northwest and throughout the U.S. This exhibition primarily focuses on Richard’s newest Geometric Series and Optic Lens Series. In developing the elements for the Geometric Series, Richard has developed a method of mold blown and constructed elements to explore his sculptural ideas on a larger scale. The Optic Lens Series push the limits of blown glass in terms of scale, and they are pure statements about the incredible transparency and optical qualities inherent in the medium. It has been exciting to see the evolution of Richard’s work throughout the almost twenty years we have known him, and we are pleased to present his latest achievements which we feel are among some of his finest work to date.
Royal commented on this body of work in the catalog…
This exhibition includes two of my most recent bodies of work, the Geometric Series and the Optic Lens Series. I’ve worked in glass for thirty years and for a good portion of that, I’ve focused on making large-scale sculptural objects that have deeply personal roots. A reoccurring theme is one of the relationships of individual parts, bonding together to make a dynamic whole.
Richard Royal in his studio in Seattle, WA, with Kimono Tower, 2016, 54 x 11 x 17″.
The Geometric Series is an exploration into the theory that all things have a geometric significance or a mathematical sequence. Often this sequence builds on itself. If you break objects down, eventually you will find a geometric structure in the essence, whatever it is. My vision is to create organic sculpture using rigid components to portray this concept of growth and clarity in form.
Richard Royal, Optic Lens, 18 x 18 x 18″
The Optic Lens evolved from a life-long experience of being on, or close to, the water and my fascination with lighthouses and the Fresnel lens. Safety and security are recurring themes in my work and the idea of glass and light used as an instrument of guidance is very inspiring. To me, this system of glass and light is a metaphor for simple concepts and a reminder that the basic things in life are sometimes the most important and have the strongest impact.
Richard Royal is also one of twelve artists who are part of the outdoor exhibition, The Nature of Glass: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, 2016. The exhibition, curated by Jim Schantz, runs from June 17 through September 18, 2016. Chesterwood is the former home and studio of Daniel Chester French, who among many other things, created the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Richard Royal, Orbs, 2016. Installation at Chesterwood. photo Cassandra Sohn
View additional works by Richard Royal on our website, or better yet, come to the gallery!
Richard Royal, Red Pepper Spiral, 21 x 21 x 17″
Growing up in the northwest, Richard Royal has become one of the very skilled and well established artists who has worked in the studio glass movement since he went to Pilchuck in 1978. Considering himself a “glass worker” rather than a glass blower, many of his pieces are assembled in parts. Relationships, metaphors for values, aspirations, creative growth are underlying themes which motivate Richard, and are part of the the various series which he explores. Following is a statement by Richard regarding his “Geode Series”.
“These pieces are about Geometry and organic mathematical construction in nature. I’m not trying to replicate any form in nature but to borrow from it, it’s system of constructing all things in nature and how they have a significant mathematical properties.
Velvet Turquoise Tower, 2015 50 x 17 x 11″, Blown and sandblasted glass
In order to make these forms, I start by constructing metal molds to blow into, a 2 part process that allows me to make closed geometric forms. These forms are then sealed to insure that no moisture gets into the interior space. I do this in the possibility that they are used for an outdoor installation!
These forms are they assembled using a high grade epoxy formulated specifically for glass to create the sculptural objects.In order to make these forms, I start by constructing metal molds to blow into, a two-part process that allows me to make closed geometric forms. These forms are then sealed to insure that no moisture gets into the interior space. I do this in the possibility that they are used for an outdoor installation! These forms are then assembled using a high grade epoxy formulated specifically for glass to create the sculptural objects.
Golden Spiral, 23 x 23 x 39″
The spiraled sculptures have a monumental quality that reflects different things found in nature, seashells, the way plants and vegetables grow and fingerprints, to name a few. there are also indications of mathematical properties such as the Fibonacci curve, fractals and the golden mean. All put together, I want to acknowledge to wonder of all things natural and mysterious, presenting them in beautiful and simple expression of form and color.”
~Richard Royal, 2015
Expanding Violet Cube, 2013 26.5 x 26.5 x 23″