The Importance of Glass Design
Arguably the most critical as well as creative step in crafting glass artwork is drafting the etching designs.
For, assuming the etcher has a seasoned steady hand, the rest of the process is a type of tracing, just stencil etching really. This tracing is executed with knives and special engraving tools, and thus takes noted skill.
But nevertheless, the most thinking and inventiveness is required during the fabrication of the pattern.
So, what considerations go into developing a quality model?
Developing Quality Etching Designs
First, it is essential to take into account who the work is for and why it is being commissioned.
Is the piece a gift to a great aunt for putting someone through college?
Is it for a wife for an anniversary present?
Does a child seek a memoriam for their dog?
Is an insurance magnate getting work done for their summer home?
All of these possibilities carry with them distinct expectations and concepts of what a glass etching should look like. They therefore, can drastically alter what type of design should be drafted.
Next, it is imperative to note where the etching will reside.
Is the etching going on the upper back windshield of someone’s Porsche?
This will establish the depth and scale limits of the project. A craftsman cannot effectively etch a vast portrait of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in such a small vertical space. Perhaps their last name would be the best subject for this venue.
Is the engraving going to take place on a person’s pool house entry doors?
This could mean oceanic vistas with dolphins and sailboats are well-suited.
During what time of year is the project going to happen?
If fall is the answer, and the pieces are to be, say, engraved wedding glasses for the bride and groom, an autumn aurora in front of a church might be appropriate.
If it is for a child’s winter birthday and they love to ski, etching an epic snowboarding adventure might offer up a potent piece.
What country, state, city does the client live in?
What is their favorite pastime: baseball, jazz, cars?
What do they do for a living and why?
Who are their heroes? Are they musicians, politicians, or religious leaders?
All of these factors are crucial elements in deciding how to compose an excellent outline for a glass etching project.
Remember, pinpointing who the client is and where they are coming from is at the heart of satisfying clients beyond their expectations.
Meaning comes only from context, and so does successful glass art.