Sandcarving sandstone

Sandcarving on Sandstone

With over 35 years in the glass business, Ruth Dobbins offers experience in fused and cast glass, as well as in glass-etching techniques. Ruth holds a Master's Degree in Printmaking and Art History and has been a partner in a stained and fused glass wholesale supply company in Europe, which also placed great emphasis on a training program. For the past 20 years, she collaborated with her husband Norm Dobbins in commission work, writing books and creating videotapes on how-to techniques for glass etching. Ruth taught these techniques for 30 years in the U.S. and other countries. Ruth continues these venues by offering a complete training program at Aliento School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and by teaching at various trade shows, including The Awards & Engraving Show. One-on-one training and consulting services are also offered. You can reach Ruth by email at, by phone at 505-473-9203 and by fax at 505-473-9218. Check out the website at

In blasting on sandstone, it is important to consider the final look, because the blasted areas do not look substantially different from the un-blasted areas. To deal with that issue, I recommend painting the background design elements a darker color to achieve some contrast. It is imperative to blast straight onto the surface in order to avoid producing undercuts. 

—Ruth Dobbins, Professional Glass Consultants