Jay understands that enjoying the process is key to creating glass and metal artworks that inspire the imagination of the viewer. Here you will get a "behind the scenes" view of Jay's creative process with glass casting, glass etching, slumping, metal working, and more.
The manufacturing and design process for architectural glass components often varies from piece to piece, but always keeping in mind the core steps required to create an artwork that is not only visually stunning, but structurally sound. A well made work of glass art will stand the test of time when exposed to the elements, and the time and expense invested will pay off for years or even decades, creating a timeless and long-lasting impression.
The processes you will see on these pages inlcude tack fusing, glass slumping, laser cutting, water jet cutting, glass etching, stained glass designs, and more. Jay's art glass designs typically begin with a hand drawn illustration, and are often combined with computer generated graphical elements when needed. We think you'll agree that the end results are stunning!
Very Large Photo Etching by Art Glass and Metal
I created this custom large format photo etching on black glass for a casino. The actual etched glass piece is four feet tall by fourteen feet long.
The piece is supported by 12 stainless steel standoff bases that float the glass 2-1/2 inches off of the wall behind it, with the wood frame bracketing the piece. It is by far the largest photo etching I have ever done, and the largest I have seen in general.
This custom etched glass shower stall was a challenge to create something with an eye catching natural allure for a space that was predominately full of right angles. It had to complement the existing setting without looking out of place, so for this reason I chose a simple tree branch motif that would not overpower the otherwise simple yet elegant design of this bathroom.
I designed and created this cast glass courtyard gate with a breaking ocean wave motif for a private residence in San Diego. It measures 95” x 47” and has a locking mechanism for security, and it functions as a gate or door leading into an entryway courtyard. The ocean themed art is an homage to San Diego's picturesque coastal scenery.