David Gappa has yet to meet a piece of glass he didn’t like! He has found that the passion of his life is working with the shifting energies of molten glass into its final stages of artistic completion.
David Gappa of Ft. Worth, Texas discovered and embraced his love of art from a very early age, spending thousands of hours exploring his creative talents and honing his skills in numerous artistic mediums… painting, sculpting, sketching, and drawing. David spent over a year in Europe studying these various mediums of art as well as spending a significant amount of time in Murano, Italy with the glass artisans.
David earned a Masters Of Science in Architecture Degree and graduated ‘Class Salutatorian’ at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998. During his tenure at UT, David discovered his passion for glassblowing while participating in a glassblowing elective for two years, studying under glass artist, Jim Bowman. Thus began his vision of opening his own glassblowing studio, which came to fruition in May of 1999, Vetro Glassblowing Studio in Grapevine, Texas
David Gappa chose glass as an artistic medium for many reasons: the complexity of color and light; the classic beauty of glass; the challenging mental and physical discipline required; and the poetic and seductive nature of molten glass. For David, working with glass is the magical act of translating the ethereal into solid form. The creation of each piece is a journey as he strives to trust in the path the glass chooses for him – a trail of color, form and function.
Through his glass blowing studio, Vetro, David and his business partner Gary Hayes strive to educate their audiences on both the history of art glass medium as well as the difficult and complex process of the creation of each piece. Their priority has been to seek the Spirit of God as the basic foundation of their art and business. Each piece created is the recognition of the joy and beauty that God has given them, transformed into glass.