Awards & Engraving

January '20

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56 • A&E JANUARY 2020 ETCH MASTERS By Ruth Dobbins With over 40 years in the glass busi- ness, Ruth Dobbins offers experi- ence in all glass-etching techniques as well as in fused and cast glass. Ruth holds a Master's Degree in Art and has been a partner in an art glass wholesale supply and studio company in Europe, which also placed great emphasis on a training program, before joining forces with Norm. You can reach Ruth by email at, or by phone at 505-473-9203. Since time was of the essence, I let her know what size blank bowls we had in stock and could proceed to work on right away. She settled for an 8-inch diameter Starfire bowl slumped from 3/8-inch-thick glass, with the request to carve a rose into the bottom of the bowl. We exchanged some images and she quickly settled for a closeup of an open rose blossom. Damian, who works on our images and designs, went to work and created a pattern using the rose image. That was the easy part since the next step was figuring out how to make the pattern conform to the bowl shape. PROJECT SETUP: APPLYING THE STENCIL As he has often done before, Damian wrapped paper around the bowl shape to get an impression of the curvature, which he then scanned into the computer. The bowl had, of course, a much steeper curve than most drinking glasses you may encounter. On top of that, this was to be a carving pattern, one that would be peeled in multiple stages, which means that the shapes touch each other without any spaces in between. That is easier said than done when you have to work with resist material that folds over when applied or, worse yet, spreads apart. I am sure you have all seen a flattened image of a world map with those wedge- shaped gaps. That is exactly what we had to produce if we had any hopes of having the pattern come together. Damian made several prototypes in paper before he felt that he had accomplished a N ot too long ago, a customer contacted us after seeing one of our slumped and deep-carved crystal clear bowls and wanted to know if we could make a custom bowl for her. She wanted to give her niece a unique wedding present. Everything's Coming up Roses The design for the rose bowl project. ALL IMAGES COURTESY RUTH DOBBINS Applying resist to a curved bowl

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