|A collection of translucent samples in Miriam Ellner's églomisé studio|
|The light-filled and airy workspace in Miriam Ellner's new studio. Indirect light fixtures are used over the work tables, which reduce the glare on the glass.|
|work in progress on the carpeted tables in Miriam Ellner's studio|
Verre églomisé refers to gilding and painting on the back of glass. Everything must be designed from the finishing touches working backwards to the "base." This is exacting work that requires immense skill, technical knowledge, and at least as much planning as vision. And it's incredibly beautiful.
Miriam Ellner's work is astonishing in its level of craft and inventiveness. Through hundreds of commissions and thousands of samples, she has developed techniques for creating beautiful effects on glass that have earned her an international reputation among the most distinguished design professionals as a master artisan as well as an innovator in the art of verre églomisé.
Once reserved for mirror frames, table tops, or decorative wall panels, verre églomisé is now being used as an integral part of design rather than as a precious accessory. Miriam Ellner has pushed that boundary throughout her career, creating translucent doors and windows, covering entire ceilings, or why not the entire room? Although, I haven't seen her design a floor... yet.
|A translucent sample with multiple layers of glass and different colors of gold leaf|
Each project requires many samples and an immense amount of planning and logistics. Managing Director Wiley Kidd keeps the atelier running with aplomb. A small team of skilled artisans help to produce the commissions. Glass fabricators, gold beaters, and of course the architects, designers, and patrons also play a role in the creation of this work, which is in the end so much greater than the sum of its parts.
|Samples from past projects in a wide variety of styles and techniques by Miriam Ellner|
|"Ocean Forms" églomisé artwork by Miriam Ellner created with numerous colors of gold leaf and layers of color (via)|
So I mean 'dimensional' in both the physical and the temporal aspect.
|Miriam's design office has a pretty nice view|
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Miriam Ellner featured at Architectural Digest
photos by Lynne Rutter, April 2017, unless otherwise noted
All designs featured in these images ©Miriam Ellner