Finishing up the last of 3 awards I do annually for the Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic karate competition. On the left is my carving map. I must sandblast the things that appear closer to the viewer first and deepest. That is the start of obtaining the 3 dimensional layering. On the right is the finished piece set within in a light up base to illuminate the carving.
This is my annual award for Lutheran Social Services. It is a multi-stage carving of Jesus with Children. One of the first steps in creating a carved glass piece is creating a map. Carvings are done reverse and the things that appear closest to you are carved first and are the deepest. Before heading to the sandblasting cabinet you have to map out what you will be blasting first. There is a formula to it but every glass etcher has their own way of doing it; above is mine.
When I'm done there will be 3 in total.
Annie Buthorn has a BFA in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She traveled to Santa Fe, NM and was taught by the very best in the glass etching business, Ruth Dobbins of Professional Glass Consultants. In 2010 she opened Crystal Swan Etchings, taking pride in etching all different kinds of glass mediums.