Artist

I blew glass for the first time in 1971 and even then, my professor, Micheal Whitely, challenged me to think and produce work outside the functional realm. He would assign projects using mixed media and a focus on more sculptural ideas. In 1978 I arrived at Pilchuck and almost everyone there had some sort of .....

I blew glass for the first time in 1971 and even then, my professor, Micheal Whitely, challenged me to think and produce work outside the functional realm. He would assign projects using mixed media and a focus on more sculptural ideas. In 1978 I arrived at Pilchuck and almost everyone there had some sort of influence on the work I eventually did. Benjamin Moore was a really influential person as we both have known each other since the 6th grade and had started a ceramics studio together before Ben left to pursue his BFA and his MFA. He was the one who invited me to Pilchuck where I ended up being exposed to many great artists working in glass. My initial takeaway from this experience is that it was possible to create art using glass and through hard work and perseverance, could have a career in art.

A list of who I met and had an influence on me would be extensive but some key people would be Ben Moore, Dale Chihuly, Billy Morris, Dan Dailey, Fritz Dreisbach, the Libenskys’ and Lino Tagliapietra. There are many more but what they all have in common is a strong creative drive, commitment to their own ideas, a willingness to work and share with others and the ability to take risks, experience failure and grow from that experience! These are all ideals that I use to this day in my pursuit of a creative life.

Some contemporary artists I really admire, Anish Kapoor, A. Calder, Jacob Lawerence, Chris Wilmarth, Ai Weiwei and Andy Goldsworthy to name a few.

– Richard Royal 2018

Join us!

Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
46th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, April 28 at 8pm | Exhibition April 28- June 22