A Fun Side Project


It can’t all be epic castles, proud dragons and stately oaks! This piece is a lark for a lively 5 year old who is about to turn 6. As concepted, its approximately 4 layers, with a 3″ disk of stained glass at its center. The blue accents at the bottom are flat glass marbles to be inset into the wood. When the piece is finished, we’ll be sure to post a few pictures!


LED Ropelights


We’ve been talking about this since October, but we’re finally experimenting with LED ropelighting kits to place along the perimeter of our pieces. The upside is these pieces no longer need to be set on a window in order to take full advantage of the translucent effects of the stained glass. They can be mounted on walls and glow internally with illumination that can be adjusted in intensity. Several of the ropelight kits we’ve tried have included remote controls or allow the color of the light to be changed. The lone downside is cord.

Our most current prototype is the Year of the Dragon with an LED ropelight kit, remote control and 10 foot cord. Pictures of our experiments will follow soon!

And Merry Christmas!

Gecko Concept Designs


A few concepts that are being reworked. This particular design will eventually encompass hibiscus blossoms, a Gecko, a butterfly, and rippled blue or green stained glass as a backing. Its approximate height will be 20″. This design is particularly tricky as leaves and branches behind the main design elements have to recede into the background while at the same time reinforcing the visual flow of the piece. If there are too many branches, or too many leaves, the simple beauty of the glass may be covered up. And a suitable frame for the entire work is still a challenge.


This may be the first shadowbox piece we produce.

Initial Octopus Concept Sketch



The initial sketch of an octopus design is finally finished. And it still needs quite a bit of work. While I like the overall composition, the tenticales still need refinement. I imagine the piece on a piece of rippled orange stained glass, or perhaps on a bed of aqua blue flattened marbles. This is a design done for the simple love of the elegant, flowing lines of the piece. I don’t have a particular client, genre or motif in mind.

Research at the California State Railroad Museum


With the Artists Collaborative Gallery showing our work, we’re making a locomotive themed piece. Its being specifically sized to be easy to transport in the hopes that visitors from out of State (or perhaps even out of country) might be able to take a piece home with them. But every good design starts with the same thing: research!

I’ll wandering around the California State Railroad Museum (http://www.csrmf.org/) looking for inspiration. And it abounds with some pretty stunning examples of it! I’m honing in on a side shot, with brass accents, perhaps 18 to 22″ in length. Its should look lovely on a wall, fit nicely into a piece of luggage, and work wonderfully with some of the salvage glass from one of our larger pieces.

Matsumoto Castle


This is a concept sketch and render of a piece I’m working based on Matsumoto-Jo, in Matsumoto Japan.  This would be about 36″ across, made of 7 layers of laser cut wood backlit with LED rope lights. The foundation would be water jet slate stone that would then be mortared to the surface.


New Equipment at TechShop SF!


TechShop San Francisco just installed a pair of Trotec Laser cutters, each at 80 watts! That means a larger bed to cut on, potentially larger pieces, and faster production! And new toys for me to play with! I’ll be prototyping at TechShop SF all this week for anyone who’d like to come by and say hello. Just follow the smell of lightly toasted wood….

Labor Day Showing


It was great to see everyone at the Artists’ Collaborative Gallery on Labor Day. All the smiling faces was more than worth the hearing loss from the blaring cannons and old west gun shows of Gold Rush Days outside! Thanks to all who came out, braved the triple digit heat and made it a wonderful day!

Meet the Artist at the Artists’ Collaborative Gallery


J. Elliott Young of J. Elliott Designs will be at the Artists’ Collaborative Gallery on Saturday, September 1st! Come enjoy the myriad of artistic creations throughout the gallery and ask any questions you’d like about laser cut wood and stained glass works.


Now Showing at Artists’ Collaborative Gallery


As of this afternoon the entire product line of J. Elliott Designs is now on display at the Artists Collaborative Gallery in Old Town Sacramento.


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