Awards & Engraving

April '20

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48 • A&E APRIL 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. True, there are always innovations that tweak the existing methods and occasion- ally, actual new products become available. But the overall process remains the same: the contact with the client, the working out of the design, the selection of the blank to be used, the choice of stencil material, and finally, the actual blasting of the object, followed only by the cleanup and presenta- tion boxing. At least this is true for awards and recog- nition pieces. For those of us who also do larger projects, we add special glass manu- facturing, handling of the large piece, finger proofing, and installation of the glass piece. As I prefer to talk about recent projects, I want to take you through a particular larger commission piece we completed just before the end of the old year. UP FOR DISCUSSION This project had its beginning in August/September of last year with a phone call from a woman who said they had recently moved to Santa Fe and bought a house that sported a half wall between a family room area and a hallway to a guest bathroom and bedroom. Having seen some etched glass in another state, they had come to the conclusion that an etched glass panel would be the solution to create a bit more privacy for the guest area. Looking for a studio, they found us and wanted to come to our shop for an initial conversation. We had several conversations about what they were trying to accomplish, e.g. more or less privacy, filling the whole space or not, and then, of course, subject O nce again, we are well into a new year, and this year, into a new decade. I guess at any point in time we can say that a lot has changed, but a lot has also stayed the same. Fashions and preferences come and go while the process of creating images in glass has stayed the same. The Making of the Yosemite Tree Blasting large glass panels The picture taken by our client; copyright D. Snyder. ALL IMAGES COURTESY RUTH DOBBINS The design created from the picture shown in reverse for carving purposes.

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