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Richard Royal Biography


     “...I see my work as a journey of self-discovery. The Diamond Cut vessels embody a simultaneous exploration of the underlying layers and the surface. The Shelter Series is about security and trust, two elements necessary for growth. The cornucopia portrays abundance and the ascendant spiral, growth. The Relationship pieces encompass a furthering of these concepts. The work speaks of the human trinity – physical, spiritual, and emotional – elements crucial to living a whole existence. The lower portion represents physical support, the upper portion emotional receptivity, and the center vessel an element symbolizing the spiritual center or common goal.” 
   ---Richard Royal

Residence - Washington State

Richard Royal is recognized as one of the most skilled and talented glass blowers in the American studio glass movement. He is best known for his large, abstract, blown shapes that often combine broad areas of complementary color. His work is sensual, fluid and bold. Royal uses the vessel as his canvas for exploring complex concepts in the emotional, physical and spiritual realms.

As is the case with many glass blowers, Richard also has a background in clay. He worked as a ceramist for nine years in the 70’s and concurrently began his studies in glass in 1971. Seven years later he was on the faculty of one of the preeminent glass schools in the United States, Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. He has worked with some of the leading artists in the field including Dale Chihuly and William Morris. For years he was one of Chihuly’s main assistants, a relationship that led to Royal’s own emergence in the art market in the early 1980’s.

For more than 25 years Royal has been an independent artist, exhibiting his work internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.

Professional Experience:
1998 - Dale Chihuly Studio, Gaffer on Special Projects, Seattle, WA
1978 - 1995 - Dale Chihuly Studio, Gaffer, Seattle, WA
1985 - 1992 - Benjamin Moore Studio, Gaffer, Seattle, WA
1982 - 1984 - Glass Eye Studio, Design/Production Artist, Seattle, WA
1978 - 1982 - Pilchuck Glass School, Hot Shop Technician, Stanwood, WA

Teaching Experience:
2003 - Glass Art Society Featured Lecturer, 33rd Annual Conference, Seattle, WA
         - ARTform Exposition, Featured Lecturer, West Palm Beach, FL
         - Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, Featured Lecturer & Demonstration, A Celebration of Glass, Louisville, KY
2002 - Pratt Fine Arts Center, Instructor, Seattle, WA
2001 - The Studio, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
2000 - Pilchuck Glass School, Instructor, Stanwood, WA
         - Ohio State University, Workshop Instructor with Danny Perkins, Columbus, OH
1999 - University of Hawaii, Workshop Instructor, Manoa, HI
         - Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Instructor, Deer Isle, Maine
1997 - Crystalex, Symposium, Novy Bor, Czechoslovakia
         - Pilchuck Glass School, Instructor, Stanwood, WA
1994 - 1996 - University of Illinois, Workshop Instructor, Champagne Urbana, IL
1993,  1995 - New Orleans School of Glassworks, Workshop Instructor, New Orleans, LA
1993 - Ausglass Conference, Speaker, Canberra, Australia
         - Ausglass Summer Workshop, Instructor, Canberra, Australia
1988,  1993 - Pilchuck Glass School, Instructor, Stanwood, WA
1992 - Pilchuck Seminar, Collector’s Conference, Instructor, Stanwood, WA
1983 - 1990 - Pilchuck Glass School, Gaffer, Stanwood, WA
1990 - Niijima Glass Art Center, Workshop Instructor, Niijima, Japan
         - Pratt Fine Art Center, Workshop Instructor, Seattle, WA
1988,  1990 - California College of Arts and Crafts, Workshop Instructor, Oakland, CA
1990 - San Francisco State University, Workshop Instructor, CA
1989 - Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Instructor, Deer Isle, ME
1987 - University of Minnesota, Workshop Instructor, Minneapolis-St Paul, MN
1979 -1984 - Rhode Island School of Design, member of Chihuly Glass Blowing Team, Providence, RI
1983 - Summervail/Colorado Mountain College, member of Ben Moore Glass Blowing Team, Minturn, CO
1982 - Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, member of Chihuly Glass Blowing Team, Deer Isle, ME

2006 - Museum of Glass, Featured Artist, “Chihuly in Tacoma”, Tacoma, WA
         - Museum of Glass, Guest Artist, Tacoma, WA
         - Bay Area Glass Institute, Featured Artist, Visiting Artist Program, San Jose, CA
2004 - Museum of Glass, Featured Artist, Leap into Leap Year Event, Tacoma, WA
2002 - Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Featured Artist, Seattle, WA
2001 - Pilchuck Glass School, “Passion Afire”, Featured Artist, Seattle, WA
1998 - Waterford Crystal Factory, Artist in Residence, premier program, Waterford, Ireland
1999 - Waterford Crystal Factory, Artist in Residence, Waterford, Ireland
1989 - Commission for Washington Governor’s Award, Washington State Arts Commission
1988 - National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award
1981 - Lobmeyer Glass, Artist-in-Residence, Vienna, Austria

2005 - 25 Years of New Glass Review, Tina Oldknow, The Corning Museum of Glass
         - Fine Interiors Magazine, “A Touch of Glass," Thom Elkjer, Premiere Issue
2003 - The Kentucky Advocate, “Art Glass Innovator Visits Centre," Marcy 4, E2
         - Glass Magazine, “Turning Points: How Eight Artists Changed to Glass," Mathew Kangas, Fall 2002
1995 - American Craft Magazine, review by Beverly Brant, April-May, p.75
         - Glass Art Magazine, cover story/interview, March-April, pp. 4-10
1994 - Glass & Art Magazine, (Japan) Fall, pp.60-61
         - Glass, Magazine, review by Matthew Kangas, Fall, issue #57, p.48
         - Southwest Art Magazine, February, p.28
1993 - Art & Antiques Magazine, December, p.91
         - Seattle Magazine, December, p.26
         - Art Now, Southwest Gallery Guide, “Preview”, p.11
1992 - New Work Magazine, 1992 issue #11, 1989 issue #2, 1987 issue #12
         - New Glass Review, issue #13, 1991 issue #12,
1991 - Glass Magazine, Fall, Issue # 45
1991 - “Out of the Fire”, Bonnie Miller, Chronicle Books, San Francisco
1991 - Seattle Post Intelligencer, reviews by Regina Hackett, April 12
         - The Seattle Times, reviews by Karen Mathieson, April 4
         - American Craft Magazine, Dec-Jan 1991, April -May
1990 - “Artists at Work”, Susan Biskeborn, Alaska Northwest Books
         - Glass Art Society Journal, March
         - New York Times, December
1985 - Pacific Magazine, review by Fred Moody, August 18

Exhibitions: Including but not limited to:
2007 - “Gathering of Contemporary Glass: Artists from Haystack to Pilchuck”, The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME (traveling exhibition)
         - Annual Pilchuck Exhibition, Seattle, WA
         - “Behind Glass: Creativity and Collaboration”, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
2006 - SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
         - “3rd Annual World Glass Exhibit”, Tacoma, WA
2005,  2006 - “Brillant: Celebrating Pilchuck Glass”, Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle, WA
2005 - 2nd Annual World Glass Exhibit, Tacoma, WA
2004 - 1st Annual World Glass Exhibit, Tacoma, WA
         - SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
2003 - CEO Organization Annual Conference, Glass Exhibition, Seattle, WA
2003 - “American Studio Glass: A Survey of the Movement”, The William S. Fairfield Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI
2002 - “Through the Generosity of Friends”, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
         - Pratt Fine Arts Center, Instructor Exhibit, Seattle, WA
2001 - “Lino Tagliapietra et Amici”, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
         - “Millenium Glass”, Kentucky Arts and Crafts Foundation, Louisville, KY
2000 - Founder’s Circle Collection, Mint Museum of Art and Crafts, Charlotte, NC
1999 - “Progressions in Glass”, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
         - “Outbound: Art at the Forefront of International Exchange”, Bank of America Gallery, Seattle, WA
1997 - “Heir Apparent: Translating the Secrets of Venetian Glass”, Bellevue Art Museum, WA
         - Hsinchu Cultural Center International Glass Festival, Taiwan
         - Invitational Exhibition, J. Gallery, Hong Kong
1995 - 2004 - “Celebrating Pilchuck Glass”, Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle, WA
1995 - “American Art Glass”, Hall’s Corporation, Kansas City, MO
1995 - 1996 - “ Northwest Glass: Part I & II”: Northwest Museum of Art, La Conner, WA;
         - Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
1995 - 1996 - “Northwest Glass”, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL;
         - Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN;
         - Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman,WA
1995 - Taipei International Glass Exhibition, Traveling throughout Taiwan
1994 - “Collective Brilliance: Contemporary Glass”:
         - Albany Museum of Art, Albany GA
         - Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, TN
         - Brunnier Gallery, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
1993 - “International Exhibition of Glass”, Juried Show, Kanazawa, Japan
         - “Nine Decades: Northern California Craft Movement, 1907-Present”:
         - College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
         - Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
         - Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
         - Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
         - Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
1992 - “Clearly Art: Pilchuck’s Glass Legacy”, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA
         - Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
1992 - 1995 - “ Clearly Art: Pilchuck’s Glass Legacy”, Traveling to fourteen Museums in the USA
1991 - Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA
         - “Masterworks: Pacific NW Arts and Crafts Now”, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
1991 - “Chihuly, Scanga and Royal: Works in Glass”, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
1990 - 1991 - “Pilchuck Glass Exhibition”, Sea-Tac International Airport, Seattle, WA
1990 - “Pacific NW Arts and Crafts Festival, Juried Exhibition”, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue,W A
         - “Art Work for AIDS”, Seattle Center Pavilion, Juried Exhibition, Seattle, WA
1989 - Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID
1988 - “Pilchuck School-The Northwest Glass Experiment”, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
         - “Pilchuck Glass Show”, American Embassy, Prague, Czechoslovakia
1988 - “Northwest Glass Exhibition”, Kerns Art Center, Corvalis, OR
         - American Craft Council, American Crafts at the Armory, New York, NY
1987 - Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming
         - “Contemporary Glass 1987”, Fine Arts Museum, Abilene, TX
1978 - 1993 - “Annual Pilchuck Glass School Exhibition”, Seattle, WA

Daiichi Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, WA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
IBM Collection, New York, NY
Mint Museum of Art & Crafts, Charlotte, NC
Monte Cristo Hotel, Everett, WA
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Price/Waterhouse, Phoenix, AZ
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Rigel Capital Managment, Seattle, WA
SAFECO Collection, Seattle, WA
Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle, WA
Seattle First National Bank, Seattle, WA
Seattle Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Seattle, WA
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
US Bank Centre, Seattle, Washington
United Parcel Service Corporate Collection, Atlanta, GA
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA
Washington Trust Bank, Spokane, WA
Westinghouse Corporation, Muskegon, MI