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

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 and water gilded to give the charm of a French boulangerie feel. Made for a bespoke kitchen surround in central London in 2014.

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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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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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