David Walters was born in rural central Pennsylvania in 1968. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a BFA in Glass in 1993.
After graduation David moved to Seattle, Washington to work for Dale Chihuly and many other prominent glassworkers in the Seattle area. While working for Chihuly he met Lino Tagliapietra. in 1994 David began working with Lino and has assisted him for the past 17 years - working and traveling with the Maestro. David regards Lino as a central influence in his life and an inspiration to his development as an artist.
David has received two residencies from the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville NJ; one in 1995 and one in 2004. He also completed a residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma in the summer of 2007. David's work is in several prominent private and museum collections. He’s also traveled, taught and demonstrated around the US at several colleges and glass programs, in addition to his travels around the world with Lino.
David’s work focuses on the narrative. Referring often to the fairy tales of our youth, he weaves into the stories a more personal interpretation in an allegorical and metaphorical style, while integrating blown form and image toward a common theme. He's worked mostly with characters from fairy tales and children’s stories, primarily for their familiar and often sentimental associations. He incorporates into these cautionary tales a sense of his own history or personal experience in an effort to give them a more contemporary and intimate relevance. David's work creates a deeply personal vocabulary within the framework of the narrative through the parallel stylized world he imagines. The work is a metaphorical reflection of himself and the world as he interprets it as told through a visual riddle of sorts. There are monsters and heros among us and within us. Some are funny, some are not. We live in a watered down world of distraction, indifference, neglect, and apathy. Sometimes the darkness of things seems unrelenting. We also live in a world of hope, renewal and resilience. The human spirit is capable of so much more than we sometimes dare to imagine. A function of art which most interests David is its ability to hold up the mirror and be relevant to the era from which it was spawned. This inspires a sense of connectedness to the audience of its generation, as well as a fingerprint for future generations. David wishes to honor the original function of the story telling tradition as a cautionary tool meant to teach, inspire, entertain and maybe even frighten us when necessary. He is represented by the Traver Gallery in Seattle and Schantz Gallery in Stockbridge Massachusettes.