Richard Royal, a native of the Northwest, is recognized internationally as one of the most skilled and talented glassblowers in the studio glass movement.
Royal began working as a glass sculptor in 1978 at the Pilchuck Glass School, located north of Seattle. After spending a number of years as a ceramist, the birth of a new artistic movement appealed to the young artist. Royal worked his way through the ranks to find himself as one of Dale Chihuly�s main gaffers. This relationship lasted for a number of years and consequently led to Royal�s emergence in the art market in the 1980�s. Royal has since been an independent artist exhibiting work internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.
Royal�s work is found in such noteworthy museum collections as The Mint Museum of Art + Design, The High Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art , The Tampa Museum of Art, and the Daiichi Museum (Japan). Royal was one of the first Artists-in-Residences at the Waterford Crystal Factory and he continues to teach as both a guest artist and faculty member at various universities and the Pilchuck Glass School. His artwork is also included in the SAFECO Collection, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, and the Westinghouse Corporation.