5 glass panels commissioned by Biancos Restaurant Torquay in 2004. Heavily glue-chipped, silvered, gilded and hand-painted on the reverse side of the glass.
These hand-painted pictorials face out into the street, surrounded by the bespoke, wooden frames as seen in picture three.
September 21, 2004
This glass sign was commissioned by Dave Hanbury for his award-winning fish and chip emporium in Torbay, 2004. The size is 3ft by 29"s
September 21, 2004
I designed and made these glass panels in 2005. They consist of hand painted and screen printed work with mother-of-pearl inlay and various shades of gold leaf. This reverse glass work can still be seen on the windows of Café India, Totnes.
September 18, 2005
Commisioned by Joby Carter and Sons. Vintage & Antique Restoration specialists in 2009. This was an attempt to capture the spirit of the fairground style lettering that adorns the work that is their stock in trade.
August 24, 2010
One of my early silvered, gilded and acid etched panels 5ftx3ft made in 1997.
August 21, 1997
This design was produced to a high resolution for reproduction on a panel, 40ft x 30ft at a tobacconist convention in Las Vegas, USA 2008. As with all of my work, it was drawn by hand first and then digitized.
The cigar pictorial to the left of the design was 'painted' using a Wacom tablet in Photoshop. Probably took just as long with these computer tools as it would have been using oil paints with a brush and painting by hand.
August 11, 2008
Designed for Jeff Lang Letterhead Magazine USA in 2006. A combination of mostly hand-sketches and then built in a vector programme and coloured in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet.
August 10, 2010
This glass sign I made for a local pub in my town. It was designed from an original trade card that Rick Glawson bought from an advertising show in Los Angeles.
Rick made the original sign for his front shop counter in Wilmington, California. He mainly used it for display ,but it was also designed for customers to pay for there supplies by placing there coins and notes directly on to the glass.
His Brother kindly sent it to me after Rick passed away in 2003. I showed it to a local pub owner called Steve Goss who asked me if I could make one for him to hang above the optics behind his bar.
The original glass that Rick made is on my Studio wall, these images below are of the panel I made using Ricks techniques
July 30, 2010
This small gilded glass sign was made for The Baronian Manufacturing Company in California USA in 2006. It employs matt finished gold and shading, mirror gilded-gold leaf, acid embossing and finger blending it also has small details of cut glass.
The background was glazed in Dragons blood red enamel which originally was purchased from Rick Glawsons Fine Gold Sign co. The red was laid down and when dry the background was blended from red to black giving the colour a deep maroon finish from the front. Some great colours and effects can be made using these glazes.
July 29, 2010
The Landlord of the Clocktower, Torquay has been one of the most regular customers for my work over the years, gradually commissioning me to transform his pub into a London style Gin Palace using Victorian glass techniques that he has a passion for.
Later next year all the front main windows will be brilliant cut and acid toned in 3 shades to match the half round panels of cut glass already part of the pub frontage.
July 29, 2010
This is one of four decorative cut glass beveled mirrors. These mirrors were made in 2008 for ornate fairground gypsy caravans.
The techniques include brilliant cutting, four toned acid etching and a large mica stipple. The centre pictorial was acid etched and a technique called ver eglomise was used for the detail in the pictorial. 24 carrot gold leaf was then applied using gelatine watersize. Each piece of glass is 36"s x 29"s with a 1" bevel.
June 24, 2008
The Rose Water glass panel was designed for a Gold Leaf workshop with my friend Gary Godby who came here from Virginia, USA in 2006.
The company he works for sent him to learn advanced techniques of reverse glass work. The panel took over 1 week to complete and roughly around 20 hours for me to design, we both made a panel to hang on our walls.
The glass is 3ft by 18's and has various techniques including acid etched pictures, gold leaf in various shades and brilliant cutting.
Mother of pearl and abalone shell is used around the circle design. The girl pictorial is hand painted in reverse. Backgrounds are finger blended along with cast shadows painted and blended around the letters by hand. This was a fun project to make and I had good company to work with.
June 21, 2006
This glass sign was made as a birthday present for Gerald from his wife Sue. Gerald is also a traditional signwriter, but his main love and hobby is traction engines. He owns and operates a beautiful original traction engine called the Mistress.
Over the years, he has fully restored the Mistress to its former glory. Sue Whittaker commissioned me to make Gerald this glass sign in 2008.
The panel is glue chipped and silvered, the centre artwork is hand-painted, the main copy is acid mica etched and the name Mistress is deep blasted and gilded. Some of the scroll work is brilliant-cut and water gilded. Shaded letters are hand blended with enamels and various shades of gold-leaf were used for the lettering and flourishes. The glass sign is 39"s x 27"s and is quarter inch plate glass.
Several of the photos here take you through the making of this sign.
July 2, 2008
In 2008, Chuck Davis of Letterhead Fonts USA approached me to make him the front page design for his font company.
Chuck has brought together sign and design artists from around the world to create the best font styles on the market today.
The design for the page that I developed tries to do justice to the artistry and design skills of the many talented contributors to the site.
For this reason, it made sense to embellish the whole design with an intracacy of scrolls, borders and rich colours.
May 17, 2008