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Artist Crush: Miriam Ellner’s Stenciled Collages

I’ve just spent the last couple of days filming some of the video lessons for the next Virtual Workshop I will be offering, Patterned Mirror and Glass. Next week, I’ll beging filming the mirror antiquing lessons, but this week I focused on techniques that incorporate etching, metallic foils, and reverse gilding, also commonly know as verre eglomise.Verre eglomise is a decorative technique that dates back to the Romans and antiquity and traditionally involves applying precious metal the the backside of glass over a gelatin size. Designs can then be etched in and further colored. MY techniques are definitely less traditional, and employ less expensive leaf, quick applications that are easily accomplished, and our Modello masking patterns, of course, but OH, if I had the time I would love to learn and explore the “master” techniques. Cue my latest artist crush, Miriam Ellner. She has an amazing studio and body of internationally renowned work that ranges from classic to contemporary to newer “collage” pieces.












Are you drooling yet? You might also like to view the work on another highly renowned verre eglomise artist, Francis Federer…..


  1. I agree with you Melanie- I’ve contacted Miriam every so often in hopes whe would be open to teaching again- to no avail! 🙁

    I’ve been doing more and more with mirroras and verre egloimise, but am definietly looking foward to your virtual lesson on this subject!

  2. Please let me know if you every hear her say “yes”!!

  3. Me, too! I even sent her a request a while ago for an artist interview — she was very nice but said that at the moment, she didn’t have any teaching plans. 🙁 She is quite amazing!

  4. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to take a class with Miriam. She is so talented and her studio showcases many samples from jobs in the works or samples from previous projects. She is rediculously talented and such a nice lady. If she ever teaches again it is not a class to miss.
    It was a pleasure and peek into a technique that is becoming a lost art.

  5. Oh, lucky you Donna! Did you go on to do some projects? I wonder if she accepts visitors at her studio….

  6. Caridad Schaeffer

    OMG, I want to make camp inside her head. Amazing. I love all things glass. Melanie I would like to speak with you, contact me when you can.

  7. Wow, I just went to Miriams websight. I am breathless. What an amazing artist. Every piece is fabulous. I love the micro mosaic table and the dragonfly artpiece.

    Thank you for always sharing your finds with us.

  8. I was able to take a class from Miriam at a Society of Gilders conference. She is amazing and I too am an avid follower of her work. Love doing verre eglomise and have started doing some commissioned works. She taught me skills that will last my lifetime.

  9. Very creative. great!

  10. Hi,

    Great website. Thank you for featuring Miriam and her work!

    Im writing to let you and your readers know that Miriam will be teaching a 3 day verre eglomisé workshop at the Society of Gilders conference in New Orleans in October (26-28th in the Big Easy in conjunction ).

    If you’re interested in attending, please register at http://www.societyofgilders.org

    Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested in learning more about verre eglomisé and having the opportunity to learn from Miriam.

    Thanks so much!


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