Little Canada, Minnesota
David began his glass blowing career in 2000 at the age of 15. He served as an apprentice for Tom Rine and Thomas Maras at Island Glass Studios in Minneapolis throughout high school while also studying studio glass blowing at a local community college. He studied glass art at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls under Jim Engebretson for one year, but after a study abroad program in Taiwan he changed direction and earned a B.A. in child psychology with a minor in Chinese language and literature from the University of Minnesota in 2006. While attending the U of M, Royce joined Foci: Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, as a studio manager and instructor. There, he re-discovered his passion for glass-making and has been a full-time independent glass artist since 2006. He served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Center for Glass Arts while running his own studio in St. Paul, MN. In 2010, he built his own studio in Little Canada, MN where he works today.
David begins each piece by layering multiple colors of glass to create complex and rich patterns. Each piece is then cold worked extensively, ensuring that while the main composition remains the same, each piece is unique. The final piece is sandblasted and sealed to transmit only partial light, creating a soft, diffuse object.