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Etched Glass Design was established in 1989 by Lois Hewson-Brown. The artistic encouragement that led her to establish the business initially came from her dear friend Alyson Hulley-Jeffries who was an established etched glass artist in Fremantle, Western Australia. Alyson was moving back to NSW and suggested that Lois's design skills were perfectly suited to the medium of etched glass. After giving her a brief outline on the basic principles and techniques used for cutting and sand blasting the designs, Alyson left Lois her portfolio of designs and the parting encouragement that has taken her business to where it is today.

Lois has since developed a large portfolio of original and collaborative designs. In the early years architectural commissions in the traditional styles, observing the principles of symmetry and basic design styles, formed the core part of Etched Glass Design's business. By the late 1990's the architectural demand was changing in style combining pattern and pictorial design with the evolving use of shading.

In 1997 Lois was commissioned by Oswald Homes in consultation with interior designer Suzanne Parker to design the entry glass panels and the feature pond window for their display home 'The Estate House'. This was followed by commissions to design the entry glass panels and feature windows in two more Oswald display homes 'Regency House' and 'The Chateau'. These projects gave Etched Glass Design increased exposure which led to some very large and detailed pictorial commissions for private homes.

In 2005 Etched Glass Design was commissioned to design and etch two large arched glass doors in an abstract design influenced by sculptor Danny Jones. The design and etching was achieved in collaboration with artist Kathy Biema. This commission extended Lois's etching skills to include the use of unorthodox materials as a mask to create irregular but organic textures as well as etching design on both sides of the glass to give a sense of depth.

While most architectural commissions have been for private homes, commissions for public buildings include The Stamford Arms, Moondyne Joes Hotel, The Fremantle Hotel, The Raffles and Emu Essence.

In 2001 with the technical support of her husband Stephen, Etched Glass Design started to diversify into souvenir and corporate giftware with one of the first commissions being etched glass coasters for the Australian Environmental Health Conference. This inspired the development of the souvenir range and in 2003 Lois was invited to design and supply a range of glass coasters for the gift shop at the annual Kings Park Wildflower Festival. This was the beginning of an ongoing association with The Kings Park Wildflower Festival and from 2005 Etched Glass Design has become a regular exhibitor in The Market Place.

Etched Glass Design has also exhibited the Wildflower giftware range at the Hopetoun Arts Festival, Ravensthorpe Wildflower Festival, Gidgegannup Show and the Subiaco Craft Fair.

In 2007 Etched Glass Design was commissioned to supply etched glassware as merchandise for Hale School's 150th celebrations as well as etched wine glasses as giftware for the Old Haleans Dinner. Mercedes College has also commissioned etched glassware as part of their ongoing range of merchandise.

In 2008 the National Museum of Australia in Canberra invited Etched Glass Design to supply the gift shop with a range of glassware etched with wildflowers which included design of Canberra's floral emblem the Bluebell. The following year Etched Glass Design was commissioned by the Museum gift shop to design and etch a 'sea life' range on glassware to complement the Water Exhibition. The glassware included large hand slumped glass platters etched with well-known Australian fish.

In October 2009 Etched Glass Design was honored to be invited to design and etch the glass plaques for the Victoria Cross recipient 'Trooper Mark Donaldson' to present to dignitaries on Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom and related memorials in France.

Over time the designs and range of glassware has expanded to include signed art pieces including limited edition mirrors, glass plates and vases.






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