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


November 9th, 2016
Hand Sketched artwork in pencil finish for the website HAND MADE FONT.

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Gold Leaf Workshops

October 24th, 2016
Gold Leaf Workshop

In my desire to pass on this knowledge to other craftsmen, I regularly hold Gold Leaf workshops where sometimes on a one to one basis & sometimes in groups I teach the techniques of glass decoration that I have researched over the years.  These Gold Leaf workshops are, to my knowledge, the only place where you can cover ALL of the required disciplines to execute an authentic “Victorian” reverse glass sign. You will leave the studio with a full palette of almost magical glass recipes, fully equipped to continue and develop this wonderful art form. Read the rest of this entry »

Bernie Marsden. Where’s My Guitar, Book Cover

September 14th, 2016

Honoured to have made this book cover art for the incredibly talented musician Bernie Marsden . Read the rest of this entry »

Ludlow and Blunt Monogram Art piece

May 18th, 2016
This glass sign was made as a gift for this Iconic men’s hairdressers Ludlow and Blunt in New York.

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Jeffrey M. Harp. Tattooist, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

May 2nd, 2016

This glass sign was made for Jeffrey.M.Harp a talented tattooist based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Zap – Tattoo Artist

April 16th, 2016
Hand drawn artwork for Steve Zap based in Miami, USA. A present from his close friend in 2016.

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Booths Finest Dry Gin

April 5th, 2016

Booth’s has a fascinating story. Savoured in Victorian gin palaces and favoured in the infamous hotel bars of the Golden Age of Cocktails, even King William IV was a Booth’s enthusiast. Read the rest of this entry »

Paul Reed Smith – PRS Guitars Stevensvill, Maryland, USA

March 23rd, 2016

The label designed artwork for the John Mayer Limited Edition Super Eagle. Read the rest of this entry »

Gulledge Reverse Glass Sign

March 18th, 2016

Made in 2015 this gilded glass sign was acid etched and water gilded in 24crt and 12crt  gold leaf. Read the rest of this entry »

Kings Avenue Tattoo, New York City

March 17th, 2016

This Gilded glass sign was made in 2015 for the world famous Kings Avenue Tattoo Studios in downtown New York, USA . Read the rest of this entry »