Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More of Wendy Johsnton Brodd; one of my favourite artists.

All images are © to Wendy Johnston Brodd and have been used with her permission.

Wendy is by far one of my favourite drill engravers in the world. There is a softness and this eye for detail that I really admire (just look at the eye on the bird and tree on photo #2); so I am always very excited to share her work with you all.

To see more of Wendy's work on this blog please click here:

Have a wonderful days.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The beautiful imagination of the talented Mark Raynes Roberts

Eternity close up
Stampede - Bison in Butte, Montana - Dimenions 14"ht x 16"wide x 2"deep
Persistence - Dimensions 14"ht x 11"w x 2"deepPersistence Close up 1Persistence Close up 2The Family - Humpback Whales in Glacier National Park, Alaska - Dimensions 20"ht x 14"wide x 3"deep (60lbs)The Family close up
The Protector - Cougar - Dimensions 16"ht x 12"wide x 3.5"deep
The Protector - Cougar close up
Walk The Line - 2piece sculpture Dimensions 7"ht x 6"wide x 4"deepWalk the Line - side view

"V I S I O N S O F L I G H T
Mark Raynes Roberts
Described as a master craftsman who hails from another era, Mark Raynes Roberts is Canada’s leading crystal artist, engraver and designer with an international reputation for his one-of-kind masterpieces in a medium few have mastered.
Trained as a specialist in engraving on metal, ivory and glass, Raynes Roberts studied in Britain under Ronald Pennell, a leading UK designer and engraver. An award-winning artist, and an Associate Fellow of the British Guild of Glass Engravers, Raynes Roberts creates crystal sculptures remarkable for their hand-engraved precision and detail. His work is broad in scope, including large, 8-foot crystal works, smaller sculptures, themed sculpture collections as well as some of Canada’s best-known, iconic awards. He has participated in many international glass exhibitions and has been honoured with several prestigious exhibiting invitations such as at the New York location of Asprey, crown jewelers to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, where he held two one-man exhibitions in 1998 and 1999. His work has been presented to important leaders from the world of business, the arts, sports and science and resides in private and corporate collections of an international clientele.
Raynes Roberts is a traditionalist who believes that the pursuit of beauty is the role of art. It should be an escape from the ordinary, utilitarian nature of everyday life. Its purpose is to point the viewer towards greater truths and a contemplation of the meaning of human life. Having engraved a 72-foot glass tapestry of panels depicting diverse Canadian landscapes, installed at McMaster University’s Health Sciences Library (now designated a cultural property of Canada), Raynes Roberts would like to communicate landscapes of beauty, not just geographic but spiritual and ethereal; a canvas of glass that would entrance the viewer with its vision of human struggle, desire and transcendence.
He describes the ability of multi-faceted crystal sculpture to magically refract engraved images as the creation of dreamscapes. And it is this dream-like aspect of his engraved crystal pieces which he feels can express issues of human transcendence, a subject he has always wanted to explore in more depth. One of his crystal collections, The Human Spirit Collection, owned by DAREarts, a charitable organization that empowers children, depicted life values such as Persistence and Equilibrium. The sculptures were toured extensively to schools and aboriginal communities, used as talking points to help children in need contemplate the importance of the depicted values in their own lives.
As a humanitarian and artist, Raynes Roberts is interested in exploring how we overcome adversity, how we move beyond pain and conflict, in all aspects of our lives, individually and collectively as a society."
an amazing video of some of his works!

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Another engraving by yours truly

Here is my latest, I learnt so much with the last one I did and followed the advise of James Riser and used lower speed where I needed to, thus making the edges a little more clean. I was pretty pleased.... Though I still have lots to learn.

I did this using the Proxxon Drill, diamond burrs and just a bit of stone burrs, very light polishing at the bottom.

Feel free to post a comment if you have any questions. I will be posting some information about the tools I used.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cinderella's glass slipper by Zoltan Viczan

This nice bid by my dear friend Zoltan. You get a chance to see the before and after and the beautiful slippers he has engraved. Thanks for sharing this with Zoltan.