Verre églomisé is a specialized decorative glass technique that involves coating the reverse side of glass with delicate gold or silver metal leaf to give it a mirror finish, then etching patterns and pictures into it. The result can be shimmering, intricate, elegant, mysterious and luxurious looking.
Lisa Stimpson, whose studio is located in Red Hook, is an expert at it. You’ll find her signature verre églomisé creations in hotels in Dubai & London, restaurants in Hong Kong & Berlin, and elsewhere around the world.
Lisa began her career as a clothing designer on Martha’s Vineyard. She owned the couture shop, Artemisia, located in Edgarstown. Lately she’s also become passionate about incorporating hand-dyed silk, printed fabrics and chrome prints into her process — laminating them between glass. Here she explains her process.
Trading Martha’s Vineyard for Red Hook, Lisa finds inspiration in her waterfront studio on the Beard Street pier. When the sun is reflected in the water causing it to sparkle and glitter, it’s not unlike the effect her verre églomisé has on glass.