Few sculptors who work in glass have more impeccable credentials than Richard Royal; he’s worked on and off with Dale Chihuly for more than 30 years, was an early, active (and now an ongoing) participant in the Pilchuck art colony, and has had a long and distinguished exhibition record. And he’s stayed fresh throughout; there’s something about glassblowing that often lead artists to repeating signature moves, the process is so physical and potentially dangerous that how one handles and articulates molten glass can become habitual. Royal’s manner of avoiding that has been to work in series, often quite visually independent of one another, and introducing new series as time passes. This exhibition, titled “Gatherings,” featured work from two of his most recent, the Geometric and Optical Lens series.
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