Jay DeMauro GLASS ARTIST
Glen Rock | 201-444-3500 | artiqueglassstudio.com
A third-generation glass worker, Jay DeMauro learned
to cut glass when he was 13. As a college sophomore in
1987 , he started his own business, Artique Glass Studio.
“I thought it was a great way to do something creative
and artistic,” he says. Today, his workshop in an industrial stretch of Glen Rock finds him busy creating custom
stained-glass windows, elaborate domed glass ceilings,
mirrored backsplashes and more. You name it, DeMauro
can craft it, and probably has.
Collaborating with builders, architects and interior
designers—almost all his work is through the trade—
DeMauro has perfected virtually every glass-making
technique. He creates antiqued mirror glass using a
chemical that tarnishes the silver; crafts gold (or silver)
metallic leaf designs on glass panels; and designs intricate leaded-glass panels. Recently he began using a process called églomisé, a technique of painting and gilding
glass from behind.
DeMauro’s glass panels function as backsplashes,
as insets in armoires or bu;et doors, as glass cabinet
fronts, even as decoration on walls and ceilings. He
has crafted intricate glass ceilings that add drama to an
entry foyer. “That has to be done in the planning stages
of the house,” DeMauro says. “I work with the builder
from the beginning.”
It’s tough to put a time frame or a dollar amount on
his work, DeMauro explains, since every job is di;erent.
“Most everything can be done in six to eight weeks,” he
says. “But a dome? That can take months to create.”
DeMauro has eight skilled individuals working along-
side him in his studio, but, he says, “I still design the stu;.”
Once crafted, the work must be transported and
installed. “It’s packed and crated, delivered one piece at
a time,” he says, assuring that his pieces rarely break.
“Glass is inherently strong, especially once it gets
installed,” he says.
Jay DeMauro in the midst
of sketching a design in
his Glen Rock workshop.
The orange square behind him is an example
of églomisé. The pattern
was used as a backsplash
in a butler’s pantry in