help you learn to etch glass!
help people get started in glass etching and get good
at it, and we can help you!. We can also
help you with advanced techniques, and even if you want to start
a glass etching business. Whether you are interested in glass etching
as a hobby or as a career, we can help.
can help you learn glass etching . . .
a hobby, just for the satisfaction of it!
a part time business, to supplement income.
a full time business, for fun AND profit!
many exciting related techniques, too!
we can help:
and unique products to make your glass etching easier, like pre-cut
etching equipment - designed BY glass etchers, FOR glass etchers!
etching blanks of beautiful crystal clear, jade and crystal glass
new line of EtchMaster(R) etching products,
including photo resist, regular resist, lighted display bases,
stencil knives, and more
website is designed to tell you about etching, to show you our products
and hopefully to get you started in one of the most rewarding activities
you can imagine.
glass etching will give you the most fun you will ever have
creating something beautiful!
provide information, training services and products that will help
people get involved with glass etching, for fun or for profit!
Glass Consultants / EtchMaster(R) is a unique company operated by
Norm & Ruth Dobbins. It is the only company in the world dedicated
to teaching others all beginning to professional techniques for
abrasive glass etching.The Dobbins' have been involved in the art
glass business for nearly 30 years. They have had extensive experience
with glass etching, stained glass, fused and slumped glass and have
operated several glass businesses in the US and in Europe.
& Ruth have published 4 books and 6 videos
on glass etching techniques that have been purchased by glass etching
artists from all over the world. They have authored dozens of articles
in trade magazines and have taught their techniques in intensive,
professional level seminars throughout the U.S. and in Canada, England,
Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and the Dominican Republic.
Their students have come from all 50 states and over 30 countries,
including Australia, Japan, Peru, Mexico, Canada, many European
countries, Egypt, South Africa and more. In their capacity as consultants
they have worked with some of the largest companies in the glass
etching business as well as some of the smallest. They have helped
beginners get started in the etching business and established companies
start new product lines.
founded the first sandblast equipment business in
the world dedicated exclusively to developing and supplying this
type of equipment to glass artists. Almost all the blasting equipment
now being made for glass is copied from or derived from Norm's original
equipment. Norm & Ruth have had a great deal of experience in
this business and are willing to share their knowledge through their
books, videos, seminars and consulting. They have added a new line
of etching supplies and tools on this website that will help you
get started. Recently, they have gotten back into the business of
manufacturing and selling a complete line of etching equipment.
For complete information on Norm & Ruth, please click here or
on the Who are we? page of the new Understanding
Glass Etching section of this site.
the instructional business, the Dobbins' maintain
a full scale etching studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they
etch everything from crystal awards and corporate gifts to signs
to architectural glass. They have a line of pre-cut glass etching
stencils brand named EtchMaster(R), and they are
operating a glass school with bed and breakfast style accomodations
on 10 acres south of Santa Fe. They are planning a gallery/showroom
at the same location. Enjoy the site!