The Art of Glass Engraving

The team at Tampines 1 recently caught up with Mr. Dominic Fondé, one of the few professional glass artists living and working in Singapore.  He is currently at Tampines 1 to showcase some of his masterpieces and do “live” demonstrations on glass engraving.

Dominic was trained as a glassblower, and now specialises in glass engraving.  He had exhibited many of his art pieces in the United Kingdom and Europe, and his public commissions notably include a series of engraved art glass windows at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  Dominic relocated to Singapore in 2005 and has since been working as a glass artist, designer, drawer and educator.

Dominic Fonde doing demonstrations at Tampines 1

Glass Engraving

So what is glass engraving? Glass engraving is an art with a long history and tradition. Art glass making is a huge field with engages different techniques – some of these techniques require expensive materials, specialised equipment and many hours of dedicated practice. In contrast, glass engraving needs little specialised equipment.  A particular technique  Dominic uses involves the use of a small hand held drill engraver that looks like a dentist’s drill. It carves lines on the glass surface.  These lines can be as subtle as a pencil sketch or as bold as a graphic artwork created with thick tipped marker pen.
One of Dominic’s masterpiece – Fear of Ghosts, 16cm wide bowl, with engraved short story
My Secret Garden, by Dominic Fonde, 2007
Other common engraving techniques include copper or diamond wheels on a lathe, but Dominic prefers drill engraving as it is simple, direct and it is almost like drawing.  He notes that the drill is small and portable, so he can simply put it in his bag and bring it along wherever he goes.

Dominc will be at Tampines 1 atrium from 22 to 28 November.  He is most happy to engrave your name or special dedication for FREE if you purchase any glass product (like wine bottles or perfume) from any of our stores at Tampines 1.  Limited to the first 100 shoppers who spend a min. of $50* and offer valids till 28 November 2010.

If you are keen to find out more about glass engraving, come down to speak to Dominic at The Art of Christmas Atrium Fair, from 22 – 28 Nov.

Love, Tampines 1


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