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About

I am passionate about combining glass art and wood.   I am hoping this site will help you find exactly what you are looking for. Let me tell you a little about myself.

I started Glass Design in 1988. I got interested in etching right after high school. My father started a concrete company and we started doing commercial sandblasting. Then we started sandblasting tomb stones for a monument company in Oak Grove. The man we were blasting monuments for gave me a book on glass etching and I started experimenting with it. I was hooked. I’ve never been able to get it out of my blood since then.

I went to work at Images and learned all I could. Oaken Images was making oak oval frames and taught me how to make them. That explains the mix between ovals and etchings. The rest I’ve picked up from people that have helped along the way. I have sandblasted just about everything you can sandblast. Stones,wood,signs,metal,tiles,cars, concrete,plastic,glass and mirror.

I have taken drawing class’s at the Art Institute of Kansas City. My art education has been informal. I spent a last year taking classes online at lynda.com. Who I highly recommend if you need to learn a software program. It turns out that my art is going to be based more on computers than drawing. It is awesome to see what kind of electronic art work is out there. If you have seen a animated movie lately, you have seen some really cutting edge computer art.

I am very interested in creating etched portraits. Not just of people but of everything. Using photographs as the basis of my work. Creating vector based graphics and using them for stencils. The modern age has given us many different tools to create with. The modern techniques for photo resist is unbelievable. I can etch the tiniest of designs with emulsion.

The bigger the design becomes the less I like the photo resist{based on dots from the pixels} and the more I like the computer based vector art. It gives me the same quality of design that the photo resist does. Only I can make the artwork larger without loosing any thing.

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I was an installer of mirrors and shower doors. I installed hundred if not thousands of shower doors. Everything from simple 4 foot chrome showers to framed showers with glass returns to heavy door enclosures. This is what makes me one of the most qualified people in the Kansas City area to etch, carve and install custom shower doors. I have installed in most of the high end residential neighborhoods in the area. I have seen the best uses of glass and custom installations. I have helped to solve problems and create useful glass products.

I have learned a great deal from the glass company’s and the people I have had the privilege of working with over the years. The more I learn about glass and etching the more I like it. The mirrors and custom etchings that I produce are made by hand to very high standards. I take pride in my art and my goal is to produce works of art that touch people’s hearts and souls. Dean