Although I am not a glass artist, or fabricator, I decided five years ago to enter this field to help glass artists to brand their glass.
I moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2009 to escape the rat race of Dallas and to find a new life of peace and quiet with a setting like no other. The ever present sun filled majestic mountains, the dry desert, the amazing clear night skies and fresh clear air made Tucson a sacred paradise. It was a whole new world for me with all kinds of artisans everywhere. And for once I could actually clear my head and think about my own desire to collaborate with persons to brand my brand on their art and thus create something very unique with value.
I am the licensor, owner of my own fashion and merchandise brand. I wanted some jewelry made by a local glass artist with my brand name on the bracelets and pendants. His work was beautiful and what I wanted but he said it was impossible to get logos for glass printed because the ones he had for his own brand ‘always fall off, wash off, only partially fuse, or misfire causing very expensive loss of his own custom glass works. He showed me his decals for his brand and it was just a piece of paper with a lot of logos on it. He explained how they are supposed to just slide off the paper and onto the glass and how they should be fired effortlessly in his kiln to become one with the glass when annealed.
He said his decals were made by a company in California. He said if I can bring him my own logos he will make the pieces I wanted and he will fire on the logos for me. That sounded good to me so I called the company and began to ask them simple questions as to what format they need the art in, what are their parameters for printing, class of inks used and the technical processes. They were proud to tell me they had been in business over 50 years and they were the best in the industry yet they admitted they really couldn’t guarantee me much more than they would print whatever someone sent them as it was. They were printers not artists or glass people.
I’d never even thought about getting involved in an industry I knew nothing about and had zero knowlege of. I’d never even met a glass artist before moving to Tucson.
Borosilicate glass better known as Pyrex was a totally foreign world to my many decades of printing expertise in apparel, vehicle wraps, signage, even golf ball printing which thanks to a very special mentor I had risen to the ranks of ‘Master Printer.’
My Boro & Quartz water slide decals however have been the ultimate challenge in creating and producing the perfect match for permanent fusing into the finished pieces which deserve the finest fuse in logos, art, graphics, in the industry.