Braden J. Todd
the artist behind Glassmith II
Braden Todd, a Sixth-Generation Boulderite, and Second-Generation glass carver, is the artist behind Glassmith II.
After several years of working with stained glass, Braden decided in 2002 to tackle a life-long goal, following in his grandfather's footsteps and try his hand at the many facets of glass etching, and carving.
He began Glassmith II, a business to promote and sustain his artwork, in 2002 while attending Penn State University. After spending the next several years in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Braden decided to return to Boulder with his glass and art business in late 2008.
Through Braden, Glassmith II has always provided its customers with exceptional quality, service, and multiple carving techniques. Sandblasting is used to etch the glass, and all pieces are done individually with the highest attention to detail.
The three sandblasting methods utilized by Braden are:
- Surface etching — a light frosting of the glass;
- Multi-stage carving — deep blasting on different levels to create a 3D effect; and
- Multi-stage shading — the most difficult method, which involves lightly etching the glass to create a 3D shaded effect with tones ranging from frosted white to clear glass.
The seamless blend of service and blasting talent has led Glassmith II to be a favorite among customers year after year
The product list for Glassmith II is nearly endless, including items such as coffee mugs, corporate awards, full wine bottles, shower doors and car windows. Tempered and safety glass can be successfully etched by a knowledgeable engraver, making many surfaces open to the creativity and talent of Glassmith II.
Prior Customers have included individuals planning weddings, collectors, Penn State University and The Pepsi Bottling Group.
Custom orders are always welcome and since there are no minimum-order requirements, no-one is barred from enjoying the beauty of etched glass.
Please browse the collection and feel the depth of carving on each piece — they are all truly unique. Thanks for stopping and exploring the world of glass engraving. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
BRADEN J. TODD