My Return to Glass

Verre églomisé is a French term referring to the process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass to produce a mirror finish. The name is derived from the 18th-century French decorator and art-dealer Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711–1786), who was responsible for its revival.

This glass technique is now so rare I've only been able to find a handful of artists around the world employing it, but one of them, a highly skilled Japanese craftsman, Hiroki Kataoka, has taken it to a whole new level. When I ran across his videos yesterday - my mind, heart and soul lit-up like a Christmas Tree - I MUST explore this technique and transform it in order to produce my own unique art forms on glass.

I had already been planning to add gold leaf to some of my pen and ink prints and previously collected all the supplies - but when I saw this technique for glass - I knew this was it for me - this is what I want to do.

My Studio 2 was originally equipped for all types of glass engraving, both electric and pneumatic, I already have a sand blaster down in my garage and rather than working with harmful chemicals like the etching acids used by Kataoka or applying the glue chipping process, I feel I can achieve the look manually because I am working with much smaller form glass objects.

I am very excited about this next part of my journey as a creative artist.

Until next time ... Here's Joshua Radin's - "A World to Explore"


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