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This pioneering book is the first publication in English to devote itself to the methods, techniques and history of reverse painting and gilding on glass, often known as verre églomisé. Since the Renaissance the practice has passed in and out of fashion but today it is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. It is widely collected; discerning designers commission decorated glass for wall and ceiling panelling and for furniture inserts, while artists are increasingly exploring the medium, pushing at its boundaries.
This publication is written by Frances Federer for students, artists, collectors, conservators, curators, interested amateurs, teachers and designers, many of whom will have been patiently waiting to learn more on this topic.
The history of unfired decoration on glass is recounted in depth, illustrated with hitherto unpublished pictures and in the practical section clear step-by-step projects, suitable for a beginner as well as for a more experienced artist, serve as a singular introduction to an elegant, sophisticated art.
Following her first degree in Book Illustration from Camberwell School of Art, London, Frances spent many years practicing and teaching all aspects of gilding on glass. Forty years after graduating from Camberwell she began at the Royal College of Art, London, to continue her research, from where she earned her Master of Philosophy, in Gold, Glass and the Image.
This book is the culmination of her long experience.
"...after so much time, research and careful thought, it is truly an inspiration. I am very keen to explore this use of gold and colour in what I hope eventually will be my own personal expression".
Christopher Ainslie, glass engraver.
"Such a handsome book, and so filled with fascinating photos and text. It is beautifully organized, and will provide many worthwhile hours for readers of all levels.Congratulations, and thank you from all of us in the gilding community."
Ina and Allen Marx, conservators and decorative artists.
"...I want to say how much I am enjoying the book! Its such a fantastic resource and so inspiring - a real gift to the glass world."
Lucy Batt, glass artist.