Loving the art of gilding, I started studying Verre Eglomise (reverse glass gilding and painting)
This process seemed to embody all of my other skills of painted faux effects, hand painting and
a love of leafing. I first became intrigued with the idea of utilizing eglomise for lighting when I
had been hired to do an art piece for a client’s living room. On first looking at it in the space, all
that read was the silvered mirror effect. When lights were turned on it, all the hand painting
emerged through making for a very mysterious effect. The discovery of this magical effect lead
me to create my very own line of wall sconces.
Embedded designs float behind burnished gold, silver or moon gold leaf. The effect, first
developed by Glomy, a French designer from the eighteenth century, gives a unique glow. The
reverse glass leafing creates a ‘mirror’, which then can be manipulated by burnishing back the
gold or silver leaf and adding hand painted images that come through the leafing.
I’ve developed a method of creating an antiqued mirror look utilizing eglomise. My work has
been used for mirroring walls, traditional mirrors, back splashes and table tops.
I work with a very talented glass cutter who hand bevels my pieces utilizing a process that is
ancient. The effect of the hand bevel creates a lovely slightly faceted effect adding to the
reflection similar to cut glass.
I have been working for the last thirty plus years as a faux finisher, mostly in the Bay Area. My
work is primarily in wall finishes, mural work and Venetian plaster and gilding of
furniture….essentially a wide array of services. I’ve done many years of both the San Francisco
Designer Showcase and the Marin Showcase.
Custom lighting fixtures