Richard Royal, American artist

The vase is monumental and magnificent with its rich blue and touch of pink fused glass. It is unparalleled in today’s art scene. The vase measures 19”h x 19”w. x 11.5” deep, is etched at the bottom with the artist’s signature and is dated 1989.

Richard Royal
American; born 1952
Diamond Cut Vessel, 1991
Blown Glass

Blown Glass Vessel is by Seattle artist Richard Royal. A particularly attractive example from Royal’s Diamond Cut series, The artist combines a soothing cranberry color palette with a graceful sense of movement. The pattern in this monumental vessel was created by layering cranberry and transparent glass in an internal “blank” which was cooled and cut using a diamond saw before being reheated, gathered over, and blown into its final form. Etched signature: “Richard Royal 1989.”

According to Royal, “the Diamond Cuts are about color and form, expressing joy and spontaneity. The simple color applications are an indication of the ‘inner self’ and the ‘outer self’ becoming more integrated and willing to be seen.”

Royal began working as a hot glass sculptor in 1978 at the Pilchuck Glass School. He worked way through the ranks and became one of Dale Chihuly’s main assistants, which consequently led to Royal’s emergence in the fine art glass world in the early 1980’s. Royal has since been exhibiting his work internationally in solo and group exhibitions for over 30 years. His work is included in renowned public and private collections worldwide. Recognized internationally as one of the most skilled and talented glassblowers in the American studio glass movement, Royal often teaches as both a guest artist and teacher at various universities and at Pilchuck Glass School.

19″ h x 19″ w x 11.5″ deep


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