Welcome

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

L is for Lear – The Nonsence Alphabet, Knowsley, Liverpool

November 22nd, 2011

‘Knowsley Alphabet’ by Gordon Young, commissioned by KMBC Leisure & Cultural services for Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Huyton, Knowlsey. The glass is 6ft by 4ft and is half inch laminated. (it was heavy!) Read the rest of this entry »

Monogramme Glass Sign.

November 1st, 2011

Monogramme Glass Sign . A decorative reverse glass sign with various techniques inluding brilliant cutting and acid etching. Read the rest of this entry »

V&A Museum – Reverse Glass

August 10th, 2011

This piece of reverse glass gilding will be exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Musem London. The show will run from September 2011 to January 2012 in the V&A’s Porter gallery. The V&A and Crafts Council will retain ownership of the piece after the show. Read the rest of this entry »

Elaborate Victorian Style Mirror

June 6th, 2011

This is one of two mirrors recently completed.  The mirrors were hand made using the traditional Embossing and brilliant cutting techniques from over 100 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Bonnie View Custom Logo

June 5th, 2011

I was approached by a very nice client from Pennsylvania, USA to design him some artwork for his 1890′s Carriage House. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Jackson Fused Glass

May 30th, 2011

I made this piece of glass art for my friends daughter who is crazy mad on anything to do with Jacko . Read the rest of this entry »

Sulis The Natural Mineral Water of Bath. (Glass Advertising Sign)

May 26th, 2011

This is an Original turn of the century glass advertising sign that was restored back to it’s former glory. Read the rest of this entry »

24crt Gold Leaf Slumped Head Lamp Glass

May 26th, 2011

Kiln Formed Glass and gilded with 24crt Gold Leaf using traditional water gilded gelatine size. Made for a vintage vehicles front headlights.

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The Golden Age of Reverse Glass Signs and Signwriting

March 28th, 2011

A few images of times gone by of the older generation of craftsmen at work in there studios, brilliant cutting and glass embossing. Read the rest of this entry »