I paint primarily on
sandblasted glass surfaces.
The glass is slumped by a professional glass worker in the USA.
Each piece is custom made to my specifications.
It is sandblasted on both sides for two reasons:
One reason is that the sandblasting on the outside diffuses the
light of the bulbs and gives
my paintings a soft, almost 3 dimensional effect.
The inside of the glass is sandblasted to allow the surface 'tooth'
to accept the paints.
The surface is similar to that of masonite and responds similarly to
my application of paint.
I use a special blend of hand mixed oil paints and a variety of
brushes to apply the paint.
Some of the most beautiful parts of a painting usual have less
paint, or a more translucent application.
This allows the light to penetrate and give it more of a glowing
The thicker the paint is applied, the darker it will appear on the
A rule of thumb for painting glass is "less is more" most of the time.
I live in the country,
so many of my designs are influenced by my environment.
I offer designs in floral and landscape themes because of this.
However, my training as a textile designer allows me to explore
designs that are stylized and symmetrical as well.
I most enjoy combining the two elements, nature and math, to come up
with a successful design or theme.
I get the most enjoyment from creating new designs that sometimes
come to me after a trip somewhere new or even from my dreams.
for my pieces is designed by me and constructed in the USA. The
ring hardware is hand forged from steel.
The 3 rod hardware is constructed using cast brass parts.
These are of a much higher quality than the typical spun brass imported
brass fixtures that one would find in most lighting stores.
Here is what I recommend for
care and cleaning of the glass:
Use 60 watt GE
Reveal bulbs, or similar for best ambient lighting in
I have recently started converting to flourescent bulbs,
which also illuminate quite nicely, and offer a 'greener'
alternative to incandescent bulbs.
Care of glass:
Inside (painted side): Dust or vacuum with a SOFT BRUSH
ATTACHMENT. Do not use cleansers or water on the inside surface.
Outside (unpainted side): Dust or vacuum with SOFT BRUSH
Your glass should remain clear indefinitely, but if cloudiness
appears, contact us for additional conditioning solution.
Do not use any glass cleaners or other cleaning products on the
Jamie Barthel, October 09