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Dawn Series – Verre Eglomise

Fused Glass Tray - Designed by Artist Michelle Copeland at

Verre Églomisé is a French term referring to the process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass to produce a mirror finish. … The technique of back-painting glass actually dates back to pre-Roman eras.

Dawn – the Birth of a New Day
4-2012 My tests are complete! Over a decade of research, studies, and kiln tests, at long last I had the breakthrough I was searching for.
In 1996, I brought my glass experience to work for a company that hand-painted the back of glass (Verre Eglomise) and sealed it with powder coat. Their powder coat application was not tested according to well-established fused glass testing methods. My job was to develop new techniques and designs for them to sell around the globe …. with powder coat.
In my off-time, I developed my ideas further but still felt unsettled … HOW do I eliminate the powder coat and bring identical Verre Eglomise effects to fused glass?
Traditional fused glass contains … glass, front and back, and the design elements are completely encased within the melted glass, and are impervious to water. Fused glass is more costly to produce, but with proper care, you have a family heirloom.
Remember the saying, “They don’t make things the way they used to!”?
Despite a disposable world, my glass goals have always been longevity, authenticity, and made to last.

Dawn Series – Made to Last

Fuel for Evolution

Here are some photos of my former work sealed with powder coat. I will never employ the powder coat method again, but this method influenced my future glass endeavors.

And Now – The best of both Worlds – Made to Last

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Glass as I see It

Blown Glass Cane, Artist Michelle Copeland at

Deep in glass process thoughts, I have sequestered myself away to listen, see and feel the colors. In front of me, a large array of blown glass twisted cane. Letting the pieces fall together the way they want, finding the right bend, cutting in just the right place… all the while, recalling the glass blowing sessions for each vase, twist, pulled cane and pattern bar.
Happy memories of my glass blowing shop flood over me. Thoughts drift to loved ones, past and present….the glass colors harmoniously blend the edges of these thoughts until finally, retrospect and introspect collide. Such a peaceful endeavor is difficult to describe.
I decided to communicate these happy thoughts through photos. I am not a professional photographer, but I feel my photos show you glass, as I see it. I hope by looking deep within the glass, you can gain a sense of what it’s all about. Perhaps glass holds positive energy for all who touch it.
For me, glass is cathartic and my evolution with it? Life-long….

– Michelle Copeland