Eccentric Etched Glassware Made with Austin Personality
The Blue Genie Art Bizarre in Austin, which just ended on December 24, is a great place to find local artisan crafts for Austin gifts. This year was no different and I was extremely impressed with glass etchings that were done by a one-woman Austin show in her home studio. WOW! Amy Davis is an Austin mom to a little ‘monster’ and this momma does all the drawing, blasting and shipping for her Monster Dance Designs Company. Her original designs are individually sandblasted onto each glass in her home studio in Austin, TX. Let’s just say I was very impressed and a little jealous of her amazing skills.
What is sandblasting?
Designs are sandblasted onto the glass using a stream of pressurized air and recycled abrasive grit to carve right into the surface of the glass for a design that won’t fade or wear off like a decal. A resist pattern made with vinyl or UV sensitive film defines the area to be etched and protects the rest of the glass. It’s beautiful, it’s permanent, and Amy’s designs are quite unique.
Austin Gifts for Austin (and beyond!) Dads!
I tend to think of my husband as a fun and whimsical Austinite dad. Born right here in Austin, he was a Stay at Home Dad for four years, is an Army Veteran (Medic), and now works in the printing industry at the University of Texas. He SCREAMS ‘Austin’! Amy’s designs are PERFECT for his man cave, which is essential a ‘man garage’, but I digress…….
Amy’s Dinosaur Quartet Sandblast Etched Shot Glasses by Monster Dance Designs is ”like a barbershop quartet of shot glasses, except with dinosaurs”. That bronty is a fabulous tenor! Each set contains four shot glasses approximately 2″ in height and are etched with with either a Stegosaurus, T-Rex, Triceratops, and an Apatosaurus (Bronty). Amy’s fun and functional designs are individually sandblasted onto each glass in her home studio in Austin, TX and are dishwasher-safe, restaurant quality glassware, and are sandblasted for a crisp and permanent design.
Custom Requests is what Amy LOVES!
Most of Amy’s designs can be done on other types of glass, so just send her a message with what you’re thinking!
♦Domestic shipping: USPS Priority Mail most items, First Class under 1lb
♦International shipping: USPS First Class (Priority over 4lbs)
♦Items carefully packed using recycled and eco-friendly materials whenever possible
Check it out! Visit Amy’s website and blog at monsterdancedesigns.com to learn more about her process and follow her for other news on all things Monster Dance Design-related. Austinites – Support our unique local business and how cool is it that you can buy sandblasted glasses from an Austinite mom?! Yay! Amy is a self-described ‘geeky girl operating heavy machinery’. Her other favorite pastime? Bring on the books! She may just be my female friend soulmate – with a sandblaster.
Calling all Austin Artisans! Amy filled me in on her local artisan networking group called Austin Craft Riot (formerly known as Etsy Austin.) The group will be opening up membership this year to bloggers and other movers and shakers in our area with the first open house coming up in February. Check out their website for more information and delve into the wondrous world of Austin crafters. @
List Price: $ 35.00