etching is a beautiful and elegant method of creating a graphic
design on the surface of an otherwise smooth piece of glass. Just
as important, it is permanent and will never come off. Etched and
carved glass has become extremely popular these days, and you see
it everywhere in upscale restaurants, hotels, banks, theaters and
booming interest in etched glass only started about 20 years ago,
first with architectural applications (for example, etched doors
and windows), but has now spread into etched glass awards, corporate
and personal gifts, elements for interior design and decoration
(table tops, room dividers, cabinet doors, etc.), signs and much
of picture windows with a picture! Surface etched scene of egrets
in the water adds a feeling of tranquility. By Norm Dobbins,
it's beautiful, it's elegant, it is a permanent addition of
glass artwork to a home or business that adds value, need
we go on?
You know a trend
has “arrived” when you regularly see it on television and you see
etched glass everywhere on television now, from soap operas to sitcoms
and from backdrops for the national nightly news to beer commercials.
A large number of high end, high visibility corporate, governmental
and entertainment awards are now made up of etched glass products.
a business . . .
demand for etched glass is still growing rapidly and the supply
of glass etchers is still low, so prices and profit margins are
high. Consequently, there are good opportunities for people to get
into the glass etching business and make good money.
a hobby . . .
Glass etching also makes an excellent hobby for anyone wanting a
creative outlet. The idea that an individual, with a minimum investment
in equipment and training, can make beautiful etched and carved
glass, is a new one. So new, in fact that hobbyests are just beginning
to discover etching. One of the things they are discovering is just
how hard it is to get information about how to learn etching.
glass etchers find it equally difficult to learn etching techniques.
The whole field of etching is so new, it is very difficult to learn
about the techniques. Most glass etchers are generally not willing
to teach others because they are making very good money and are
not interested in creating their own competition.
We have created
just about the only educational material covering glass etching
that is on the market. Unless you heard about us from one of the
limited circulation trade magazines for whom we write, or from someone
you know that does etching, you might never find out about our training
materials since they are not advertised in the general media.
are here, at this web page, you are one of the creative few who
have searched us out, and by doing so are discovering how to learn
glass etching - and learn it the right way! For years, we have produced
and offered instructional materials about glass etching to the public.
We have written books, authored video tapes and instructed seminars
for people wanting to learn etching techniques. In fact, we are
just about the only organization where you can learn all the abrasive
etching techniques and many related techniques (like glue chipping,
gold leafing, and coloring of etched glass) as well.
learn glass etching from us?
In the past 20 years, we have taught well over 4000 people from
every state in the US and more than 35 countries. Thousands more
have purchased our educational videos and books. We have taught
or consulted for all types and sizes of businesses in glass etching,
from mom and pop businesses all the way up to the largest companies
in the glass etching business. Our students have not only included
businesses and professional glass etchers, but also individuals
(from nurses to bankers to janitors, teachers, surgeons, engineers
and more) wanting to learn a fulfilling and rewarding hobby, or
even start a new career!