David Walters creates meticulously flawless forms, rich with surface treatment that draws the viewer into his complex, yet approachable, personal metaphor. With characters and references easily-recognized from traditional stories and fairy tales, his work makes current the centuries-old practice of using storytelling as a way to teach, inspire, and caution. The dialogue is made even more engaging as one notices the communication between each form’s shape and their intricate surfaces, catching moments of dark humor and whimsical playfulness.
Walters received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has taken part in residencies and programs across the country, including Pratt Fine Arts Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Creative Glass Center of America, and Museum of Glass. Walters began working as a gaffer for Dale Chihuly in 1993, and as an assistant to Lino Tagliapietra in 1995. He has worked around the world with both Chihuly and Tagliapietra, and continues to support their work. He has also taught at glass-blowing institutions around the country including Emporia State University, Haystack School of Crafts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and many others. Walters is currently represented by William Traver Gallery, Dena Rigby Fine Art, and Schantz Galleries, and has shown his work extensively.