Glass sign maker Robert Walker

Craftsman who helped create Eureka! murals explains the making of glass signs

A craftsman that helped create murals at a childrens museum in Halifax explains why he gave gave up his job as a lecturer to focus on his passion for the craft of glass sign making.

From his studio, part of the impressive Bates Mill complex, Robert Walker runs his own business – Signs by Umberto – which specialises in traditional sign writing and reverse glass sign making.

He then spent time working as a signwriter for a Saturday job which fuelled his interest further, though subsequently his career swerved towards art and graphic design before he became a lecturer.
He then spent time working as a signwriter for a Saturday job which fuelled his interest further, though subsequently his career swerved towards art and graphic design before he became a lecturer.
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Robert has been working in the field of signwriting for more than 15 years, but it was when he accidentally stumbled upon the work of David A Smith  a designer, gilder and glass embosser based in Devon  while doing online video research for a lecture, that the seeds of his future business were sown.
Robert has been working in the field of signwriting for more than 15 years, but it was when he accidentally stumbled upon the work of David A Smith a designer, gilder and glass embosser based in Devon while doing online video research for a lecture, that the seeds of his future business were sown.
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It showed Smith working on intricate signage that Walker found mesmerising.'By this time he felt he needed a fresh challenge that moved away from modern technology.
It showed Smith working on intricate signage that Walker found mesmerising.'By this time he felt he needed a fresh challenge that moved away from modern technology.
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He became fascinated by a form of sign making known as Verre glomis, a French term referring to process of gilding on the reverse side of glass creating a soft mirrored effect.
He became fascinated by a form of sign making known as Verre glomis, a French term referring to process of gilding on the reverse side of glass creating a soft mirrored effect.
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