David Licata works with borosilicate glass. With gas torches and a well-honed arsenal of traditional and innovative techniques, Licata stripes, twists, blends and shapes rods of glass into large wall sculptures. A lifelong student of glassmaking, the artist has become a technical expert; he often employs Venetian stripping, twisting or fusing to achieve cause desirable effects in coloration, and surface texture of the glass. He might also use any variety of chainmaille “stitches” in building the work. The process is time and labor intensive, becoming a meditation for Licata, he compares making the variety of glass links and connecting one to the other as akin to knitting with flame: "It is very complex, repetitive and I challenge myself with the patterns which contradict the idea of protection."
David Licata is a dedicated naturalist and conceptually his work explores the fragile human connections between our natural environment and the ideas of connectedness.
David Licata has an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. and a BA in Sculpture and Education from SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY. He has over ten years of various glass working experience working in studios such as Adeptus Arts, Salusa Galssworks, Wheaton Arts, Peters Valley and the Brookfield Craft Center. David has exhibited in such shows as SOFA NY, SOFA Chicago, Glass Weekend, and Talente 09 in Munich Germany. The artist lives and works in New York.