The HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts

 

Reverse glass sign painting

 

The making of signs by painting and applying metal leaf to the reverse of glass panes. See also brilliant cutting.

 

Status Endangered
Craft category Glass
Historic area of significance UK
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK 19th century
Current no. of professionals (main income) 6-10
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
21-50
Current no. of trainees
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Around 10
Current total no. of leisure makers
Around 51-100
Minimum no. of craftspeople required

 

History

 

Techniques

  • French embossing (most endangered)
  • Acid etching (most endangered)
  • Brilliant cutting (most endangered)
  • Water gilding
  • Silvering
  • Angel gilding
  • Verre églomisé
  • Graining (related to marbling)

 

Local forms

 

 

Sub-crafts

 

 

Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • The craft is labour intensive which puts people off learning it. It takes dedication and a lot of time to hone your skills.
  • The paints aren’t as good as they used to be which is becoming an issue.
  • The high cost of the materials and labour compared to the low cost and high speed of computer designed vinyl graphics reduces the number of clients willing to commission work.

 

Support organisations

 

 

Craftspeople currently known

 

Other information

 

 

References