Richard Satava, a master glassblower, was introduced to glassblowing in 1969 while attending Ocean High School in Pacifica, CA. He was then educated at the College of San Mateo and California State University, Chico and eventually opened Satava Art Glass Studio in Chico in 1977.
Using ancient techniques to create original designs in handblown glass, Satava creates works of art, individually crafted, by carefully combining the highest degree of technical skills and artistic creativity.
Well known for his vivid colors and unique portrayal of nature, Satava's works are included in numerous public and private collections throughout the world.
Glassblowers & Assistants
Richard does have a hand in all facets of the glass that he creates, however a team is required to execute these projects. Richard has several assistants that help to create his visions in glass.
Jim Radey has been working with Richard the longest, since 1982. He is fully skilled in both Jellyfish and all of our vase designs, as well as many of the technical aspects of the studio.
Mark Del Fava, hired early 2000, tends to many different tasks in our studio. Mark performs decoration on the landscape series and background decoration on the floral vases. He also assists in the finishing of our giant jellyfish, blows some vessels and finishes our newest line, the Sea Anenomes .
Wyatt Campbell, hired July 2002, assists in design and decoration of both the jellyfish sculptures and all of our vessels. Wyatt also does most of the furnace charging.
Scott Hughes, hired August 2003, performs the cold work including grinding, polishing and signing on all of our pieces.
Though creating art glass is by far the most important aspect of our studio, there is also an office that runs the wholesale, shipping and retail aspects of the studio. This is managed by Dawn Moore, who was hired in 1995