Ray Gregory, Art Glass, Inc, stained glass, Norfolk, Virginia, Beth El Congregation, Chrysler Museum, Christ and St. Luke's, Capt. George's Seafood, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Annunciation Greek Orthodox

 

 

 

Etched Glass

Glass etching (corroding or eating away the clear surface to render a whiter, less translucent design on it) was originally done with acid, but acid only allowed for all-or-nothing stenciled effects. Abrasive blasting (loosely called sandblasting, though the best abrasives for etching glass are silicone carbide and aluminum oxide) enables shaded designs on the surface of glass and even controlled carving into it.

Art Glass, Inc. had a walk-in blasting booth with a large air compressor and air storage tank, plus two blasting nozzles, a large one for large area and stenciled etching and a smaller, triggered nozzle that functioned much like an airbrush for doing shaded work.

Etched glass displays best when lit from the front, with relative darkness behind it — just the opposite from stained glass. That's why many of the photos here were taken with frontal lighting and a black felt drop behind the glass.

 

Synagogues and Churches

Beth El Congregation, Art Glass' largest religious etched glass commission.

"The people at Beth El, especially Pam in the office who ran the place, were a joy to work with. Plus I learned lots of new things about the practice and traditions of Judaism, especially from doing the windows for their classrooms."

— Ray Gregory

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One of the classroom windows

 

 

 

 

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Stations of the Cross for a Catholic Church

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Military Installations

Various emblems for the Navy

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The kind of things we did for Naval Air Station Oceana

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Several dining halls and clubs, both officers and enlisted, for Army, Navy, and Marines

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Marine Corp Base Quantico

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While most of the military work was etched glass, there was the occasional stained glass piece, here with wording (Armed Forces Staff College) etched into flashed glass:

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Restaurants and Other Businesses

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Ray Gregory, stained glass, etched glass

 

Ray Gregory, stained glass, etched glass

 

Ray Gregory, stained glass, etched glass

 

 

 

Ray Gregory, stained glass, etched glass

 

Ray Gregory, stained glass, etched glass

Ray Gregory, stained glass, etched glass

Ray Gregory, stained glass, etched glass

 

Ray Gregory, stained glass, etched glass

 

Ray Gregory, stained glass, etched glass

 

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