For over 30 years, this artist has specialized in a lost 19th Century porcelain art form called Lithophanes. A lithophane is a thin panel of porcelain, with intricately engraved variations in thickness on the front surface, which create a highly detailed image when illuminated from behind. They first "re-discovered" this amazing technique while a young porcelain artist; when they were introduced to them by an antique collector. The artist was immediately fascinated by this remarkable art form, and set out to discover its secrets. They first started in the early 90's by learning how to reproduce the original antique porcelain panels. Being limited by the Victorian era images on the antique lithophanes, the artist taught themself how to engrave new originals in wax, as they were done originally in the 1800's. Their first attempts were not very impressive, so they continued to make antique reproductions as they honed their own carving skills. Now, all their pieces are from their own engravings from the last 20 years. The artist carves the image in a thin layer of translucent wax, while lit from behind. This allows them to see the subtle shading and detail emerge from the wax as they carve, giving them, total control over the outcome with no guessing. Once the engraving is completed, they make a plaster mold of the engraving. They then make a master mold of the first impression mold, to preserve the detail for the future. They then cast a plaster mold from the master mold. And finally, they cast a fine porcelain from this mold, to capture all the detail of the engraving. They then de-mold the thin panel, dry it, and kiln fire the porcelain to achieve it's translucency. The finished lithophanes have a photographic level of detail in them, and are quite striking. Even after 30 years, this artist is the only one in the country making such highly detailed lithophanes.