In these pages, I hope to inspire in you an appreciation of design, "traditional signwriting", reverse glass decoration and ornate gilding that has been my passion and work so far.

This website contains images of my Signwriting studio in Torquay, Devon, showing a cross section of the kind of work that I specialize in.

I will also undertake commissions to design and produce Ornate Brilliant Cut and acid etched silvered mirrors, Reverse Gold Leaf advertising mirrors , hand painted and lettered pictorial pub signs.

Also many of the scrolls, banners and panels you see throughout the website and more are available for download to incorporate in your own design work.

David Smith 2010

Dave Butler Sketch

April 22nd, 2014

This is a design I made for a dear friend’s 60th Birthday. Someone I met over 20 years ago at Rick Glawson’s  California Conclave Dave has been a huge inspiration to me and many others. Dave has such a lovely family , his daughter Shiloh Butler O’rourke organised his friends to make artwork in different mediums for him to open on his birthday.  Happy Birthday David Butler. Read the rest of this entry »

Andrew Amo Wright

April 21st, 2014

Hand rendered sketch for a dear friend called Andrew Amo Wright. Andrew is a traditional signwriter and works with his family at Pinewood Studios, London England. Read the rest of this entry »

Hand made gilded Boulangerie glass sign for a private clients London kitchen.

April 21st, 2014

These sets of gilded glass door surrounds are hand signwritten to give the charm of a French boulangerie feel. Made for a bespoke kitchen surround in central London in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Kings of Leon – Beautiful War Cover Art

December 7th, 2013

In October 2013 i was commisioned to make the cover artwork for Kings of Leon, Beautiful War. This artwork was designed and sketched over 5 days, a lot of fine detail was added to the drawings.

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Reverse Etched and gilded glass Monogramme

September 15th, 2013

This glass sign was made for John Mayer in 2013 as a thank you gift.

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John Mayer Concert Tour 2013 with friends in Paso Robles, California

September 15th, 2013

These pictures are from the Born and Raised Tour with friends from England ,Australia and America in 2013.

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Born & Raised Glass Signs – John C Mayer, Singer/Songwriter USA

March 28th, 2013

Reverse Glass Signs made for John Mayer USA Read the rest of this entry »

The National Library of Egypt

March 28th, 2013

A commemorative glass gilded plaque commissioned by The National Library of Egypt, The Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and Dar al-Kutub Manuscript Project in 2012

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Jameson Whiskey – Ornate Gilded Glass Sign 2013

March 22nd, 2013

This Reverse gilded and silvered ornate mirror, was commissioned by Jameson Whiskey Dublin, Ireland  for St. Patricks Day 2013.  It was truly an honour to make this artwork for such a renowned world famous Whiskey company. Read the rest of this entry »

Jameson Whiskey, Label Design for St. Patricks Day 2013

February 23rd, 2013

Acclaimed glass artist Dave Smith toasts St. Patrick’s Day with a limited edition bottle for Jameson 2013.

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