Biography: David Sandidge

Artist David Sandidge
David Sandidge

At age 15, David Sandidge made small glass figurines at a glass factory in Virginia Beach. As factory work was not his ambition, Sandidge went to college to study aviation. Eventually, he would come to realize that his passion for glass outweighed his desire to fly airplanes. He excelled at the factory mastering his technique and designing new products. “In this medium of glass, personal expression can be infinitely diverse,” said Sandidge. “I reveal myself with humor, satire, sarcasm, dark foreboding, happiness, and perhaps every personal emotion that my heart, mind, and soul may have experienced from one day to the next.”

About 15 years into his career at the factory, he was offered a position of principal artist for art glassblowing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He had the artistic freedom to create much larger and complex pieces, and would travel the globe producing beautiful one-of-a-kind art glass sculptures and teaching his designs in several factories.

After leaving Disney in 2015, Sandidge began working out of his home studio where he teaches one-on-one workshops for glass students and he produces his artwork for galleries and fine art festivals.