Works in Progress and Latest Projects by Jay Hoyt Curtis of Art Glass and Metal

Custom Art Glass Work in Progress with TreeJay 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!

 

Etched Glass Backsplash with Sea Turtle and Kelp Design

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An Etched Glass Backsplash with a Tranquil Aquatic Scene

I was commissioned to design and create this etched and deep carved glass backsplash for installation in a residence in the coastal Orange County city of Laguna Niguel.  The glass backsplash is 10 feet long by 3 feet high and is 1/2” thick tempered glass for code and safety.

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Etched Glass Veterans Memorial for the National Cemetary of the Pacific

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This etched glass veterans memorial was designed and fabricated for installation at the National Cemetery of the Pacific on the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. The memorial consists of etched photographs of the 33 Medal of Honor recipients who are buried there. There are 4 large warm bronze panels standing of of a metal framework.

The overall size of the piece is 8 feet tall by 8 feet wide.  Along with the 33 etched photos are the 3 Medal on Honor Medals for the Army, Navy and Air Force etched onto the large top bronze glass panel.

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glass Hawaiian wave panels

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This giant glass Hawaiian wave began life as a hand drawn illustration by the artist Jay Curtis. It was custom built right here in Carlsbad, California from Jay's original design for installation at a resort hotel in the Hawaiian islands.

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Seals Swimming in a Kelp Forest

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I was recently commissioned to create a pair of custom etched glass sidelights that I titled "Seals Swimming in a Kelp Forest”.

I designed and created these etched glass side lights for a coastal home in San Diego. I used subtle etched shading techniques to give intricate detail to these sea life forms for this beautiful entryway project.

The home owners felt that privacy was not an issue in this location, so the etched glass images on clear glass allow plenty of light into the home while providing nice views of the large front yard.

From the Wikipedia entry on kelp forests comes this brief description:

Kelp forests are under water areas with a high density of kelp, which covers a large part of the world's coastlines. They are recognized as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth. Smaller areas of anchored kelp are called kelp beds. Kelp forests occur worldwide throughout temperate and polar coastal oceans. In 2007, kelp forests were also discovered in tropical waters near Ecuador. In context, algal kelp forest combined with coral reefs account for less than 1% of global primary productivity. It is not uncommong to see seals swimming in a kelp forest along with all types of aquatic life.

If you are interested in having me design and create your own version of seals swimming in a kelp forest on glass - or any other scene you can imagine - contact me here or give me a call at 760.390.2994.

Jay

 

window with fantail fish

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I was recently commissioned to design and create this etched glass window with fantail fish, lotus flowers, and lily pads for a beachside residence in the picturesque southern Orange County seaside town of Laguna Beach, California.

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Etched Glass Sidelight in Laguna Beach (Orange County) California

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I was recently commissioned to create an etched glass sidelight for installation in the entryway of a home in Laguna Beach, California. The client wanted an etched glass window next to their front door which would provide privacy, and they wanted it decorated with an ocean themed scene. I explained that I had some designs where I could etch the background solid for privacy and shade in the designs to provide the level of privacy they were looking for.

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commemorative etched glass memorial plaque for coach John Knight

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I was commissioned to design and create this etched glass memorial featuring black glass plaques to commemorate “Coach Knight”, the long time football coach at Oak Park High School in Westlake Village area.

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Etched and Cast Glass Gate Panel with Sea Turtle and Ocean Kelp Design for Laguna Beach Home

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The people of coastal Orange County - including Laguna Beach - generally have a deep appreciation of the ocean and all of its inhabitants. Throughout my career as a glass artist I have designed and created many unique and functional works of architectural art that tap into this sentiment, and this cast and etched glass gate panel is a one such example.

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