VERREÉGL OM IS É Why this gilded glass is the fin­ish to covet

Now is the time to re­dis­cover this del­i­cate and deca­dent art of glass

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fac­tor that the colour gold brings to the home was cel­e­brated in our De­cem­ber is­sue. But now it’s the turn of real gold, ham­mered into the thinnest of sheets and pre­sented un­der glass… verre églomisé is in vogue. The process of gild­ing the back of glass to cre­ate a mir­ror-like ef­fect is one that dates back to an­tiq­uity. Re­cently, it has been seen in shop win­dows and on pub signs in the form of solid metal­lic letters sur­rounded by a block colour, but a more artis­tic ver­sion is trend­ing now. Lead­ing the cru­sade is Emma Peas­cod, whose Glouces­ter­shire stu­dio pro­duces ex­quis­ite be­spoke sur­faces ( left) for in­te­rior de­sign and ar­chi­tec­tural projects, as well as the ‘High­lights’ col­lec­tion, which fea­tures verre églomisé ap­plied to light­ing, mir­rors and table­tops. ‘I was drawn to the va­ri­ety of de­signs you can pro­duce with the sim­ple in­gre­di­ents of glass, gold leaf and colour,’ she says (stu­dio­peas­ HOW DO YOU PRO­DUCE THE VERRE ÉGLOMISÉ EF­FECT? We cre­ate lay­ers of metal leaf, pig­ments and pow­ders that are ap­plied to the back of glass in re­verse or­der. First we work the gilded ar­eas into a pat­tern, then we add nu­mer­ous ad­di­tional lay­ers to form a com­po­si­tion of great depth and de­tail. WHAT TYPE OF PAT­TERNS DO YOU CRE­ATE? Most of our work is free­hand, mix­ing the colours and blend­ing ma­te­ri­als di­rectly on the glass. We also use tra­di­tional print­ing tech­niques and dé­coupage. WHERE CAN VERRE ÉGLOMISÉ BE USED IN THE HOME? It can be beau­ti­ful as artis­tic dec­o­ra­tive pan­els, mir­rors, or splash­backs in kitchens and bath­rooms. WHAT ARE YOU WORK­ING ON NOW? Moody ink washes and de­signs in­spired by mar­ble and mala­chite (cup­pe­

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