Danni Bradford

Gilding on glass

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Danni specialises in the ancient art of verre-eglomise – the gilding of glass. She works from a studio on the North Devon coast, not far from the stunning Exmoor National Park.

Each unique piece of Danni’s work is hand painted onto the reverse of toughened glass, with details meticulously added in inks, mica, dust and lustre. The piece is then gilded in metal leaf, including gold, silver or copper.

‘When I first began gilding, I started an extraordinary journey of discovery…. I love the challenge of working in reverse and the complexity of working on glass. Some of the processes I use to achieve my finishes are age-old techniques, and are born from continuous experimentation in the studio. By combining my background as an illustrator with verre-eglomise, I have created my own distinctive style. My work focuses on the power and beauty of light, colour and movement in the natural world’.

Glass gilding is in danger of becoming a lost art form, but Danni’s distinctive contemporary interpretation of verre-eglomise has created renewed interest. We are delighted to feature Danni’s work at Coastal Gallery.

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Shoal of Sardines

gilded glass

© Danni Bradford

Danni Bradford 'Shoal of Sardines' gilded glass

Shoal of Sardines (detail)

gilded glass

© Danni Bradford

Danni Bradford 'Shoal of Sardines' (detail) gilded glass

Gilded Skies

gilded glass

© Danni Bradford

Danni Bradford 'Gilded Skies' gilded glass

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