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

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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The House of Beauty – Wellswood, Torquay

January 8th, 2013

Torbay’s most luxurious and bespoke beauty salon and spa. The work consists of an Ornate gilded reverse glass sign 16ft x 42″, Water gilded in 24crt gold leaf and 12crt gilded numbers with matt burnished bevels on a deep brown background.

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The Ginstitute, Portobello Road, London, England

December 18th, 2012

London’s second smallest museum can be found above this Notting Hill bar. The museum has included a vintage copper still, Prohibition-era bottles of the stuff and antiquarian cocktail books. It also contains the Ginstitute, where Mr Jake F Burger holds well-researched classes on the subject.

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Born & Raised Album Cover – John Mayer

May 17th, 2012

I was commissioned by Sony Music/columbia records, New York to design an album cover for John Mayer, the American pop and blues rock musician. The album is called Born and Raised. John as you know, is a singer-songwriter, recording artist and music producer. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »