Richard Satava was introduced to glassblowing in 1969
while at Ocean High School in Pacifica, California. He
subsequently studied art and glassblowing at the College
of San Mateo and California State University, Chico.
As important as the skills he learned while taking courses
was the experience he received at CSU, Chico, as a technician
in their glass shop.
In 1977 he established his own
Northern California glass studio called Satava Art Glass,
working mostly in the art nouveau style. All of these designs
have evolved throughout the eighties and nineties, and
continue to be created with new colors, shapes and inspiration.
During most of the 1990s he started to focus
more attention on ocean life. A visit to the
Monterey Bay Aquarium enabled him to view Pacific Coast
jellyfish in a setting much like viewing art at a
gallery. He spent the next three years
experimenting with various formulas to
achieve the translucent colors needed to
make the Moon jellyfish, which are
so successful they are displayed and
sold at that and other aquariums.