Featured Artisan Lucian Goff
   

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picture of lucain goff creating glass art At the age of 18, I began working with glass full time. While living in rural Indiana, I had the unique opportunity to learn the techniques of stone wheel glass engraving from a master glassworker. Now living in California almost ten years later, I'm still producing glass and finding new outlets for my work.

I'm proud to be one of the very few American artisans practicing the craft today. In a rapidly changing world, with fascinating new digital technologies quickly emerging and evolving, I still have a belief that it's important to value and preserve our traditional skills and methods before they are completely inaccessible to future generations of Americans. I strive to create functional and affordable works that bring beauty to the lives of every day people.

I focus on creating simple, elegant designs reminiscent of traditional patterns but very much at home in contemporary settings. As an engraver, I work on glass that has already been formed which frees me to add my touch to an enormous variety of surfaces. My past work has ranged from barware to light fixtures to large windows and everything in between. I always enjoy doing custom design work and never shy away from a challenging commission.

Wheel engraving glass is an ancient process that has been practiced in some form for thousands of years. Simply described, it is a method of bringing glass in contact with a rapidly spinning stone or metal wheel. The abrasive surface of the wheel will cut into the surface of the glass as more pressure is applied. A variety of different shaped wheels of different sizes can be mounted onto the engraver's lathe.

Each wheel is ground by hand to produce a specific shaped cut in the surface of the glass. By spinning a piece in the hands while the glass is in contact with the wheel and varying the amount of pressure is applied, curving lines and shapes can be produced. A final polishing process can be done with a felt wheel and a polishing compound to bring cuts back to a clear finish.

These methods require great patience, skill and concentration. Consistency comes only as the result of much practice, because mistakes are very easy to make and difficult or often impossible to correct. Unlike drawing or painting, where a pencil or brush is drawn across a stationary surface, the surface of the glass has to be moved across a stationary tool. In the earlier days of glass cutting, an engraver could be considered an apprentice until he had completed five years of full-time apprenticeship.

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