December 16th, 2015 by Ron Branch
This is the home studio of Ron and Micky Branch. We specialize in glass art – mostly etched, and stained glass. Our clientele are mainly other glass studios in the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington areas, but of course all inquiries are welcome. Email us about your project – if we can’t help you, we probably know who can. We are also currently in product development mode. Good things are in the works…
December 15th, 2015 by Ron Branch
Email is the best way to contact me.
Recently I’ve been becoming more and more aware of how many phone calls I’ve been missing. My phone often doesn’t ring, and then it goes straight to voicemail, and from there I don’t get notified about the voicemail for a long period of time… like a month. So please let’s start with an email – Thanks!
December 14th, 2015 by Ron Branch
May 16th, 2015 by Ron Branch
Close up of relief carving by Ron Branch circa 1989. I’d like to do a series of these someday. This is a small piece of flagstone, approximately 8″ x 12″. It has hand crafted mounting hardware by Bill Branch (my Dad).
Between glass and stone I feel stone is the more forgiving medium to work with. As a material, float glass is predictable, as in there are no hidden surprises. As a transparent canvas it is unique, with its distinctly beautiful qualities, but there is no variance from piece to piece… and so it quickly becomes all about the etching. With stone however… Read More
May 13th, 2015 by Ron Branch
Just made this sample for an upcoming job. It’s 3/8″ clear plate with what’s called a “chiseled edge”, or sometimes a “chipped edge”, or most often a “scalloped edge”.
There are special tools (not a chisel) designed specifically for this effect. I don’t have the special tool so here’s proof you don’t necessarily have to have it.
It’s important to finish the edge to the point it is 100% safe to touch. This of course means using your own hand to thoroughly test it when you think it’s finished.
May 12th, 2015 by Ron Branch
High on a lift with Chuck Franklin, installing his glass into the library in Lebanon Oregon in 2011.
It’s a great example of Chucks outstanding abilities in design. I’ll see if I can find a picture of the whole room – a beautiful color scheme, the abstract expression of a river, which flows in Chuck’s recognizable whimsical line work.
It was a big job, 135 feet of stained glass. The project was funded by donation as a memorial to Judith Anne Nichols. Here is a link to a nice write up about it by Alex Paul in the Albany Democrat-Herald .
February 8th, 2015 by Ron Branch
Recently Micky and I took the time to try out one of her mirror designs and we are very happy with how it turned out.
She cut and hand beveled a piece of 1/4″ mirror, a clipped corner rectangle approximately 16″ x 12″.
We removed the silver around the oval shape, added in the pattern, mounted it with adhesive and our own handmade clips to a wood backing board, and secured hanger hardware to the wood backer. We will definitely make more of these.
November 30th, 2014 by Ron Branch
Etching clouds for some door panels.
What a challenge clouds can be… takes a bit of study, especially when going “free-hand”. Here’s a video of some of the practice involved.
Note: In photographing etchings I use a black background and lighting, but when etching glass for a client, first considerations are for where the glass will be installed. What will the real lighting be like? What will be on the other side of the glass. There are different ways to etch for different situations.