Explore the fascinating craft of glass engraving and gain a thorough grounding in the core skills and techniques of engraving with a flexi-drive drill. From this solid base, you will be encouraged to work in a spirit of experimentation to discover your own personal engraving style.
This course is suitable for both the complete beginner, and for those who already have a degree of proficiency who wish to refresh and extend their skills.
As a group we will consider the importance of design on both flat glass and vessel forms, and discuss the different types of glass suitable for engraving (including recycled). The course will explore the different styles of engraving possible with small rotary and handheld tools. Working from your own original drawings, or from photographic reference, you will be guided through all the stages necessary to transfer your ideas onto glass and begin to develop your skills.
Beginners will work at their own pace, with help and guidance, through short specifically designed exercises which closely examine the range and purpose of particular stones, diamonds and polishers. Improvers will be supported in developing their own projects and original work and are encouraged to bring work in progress to the course.
Most teaching will be one-to-one. There will be lots of demonstration with the opportunity for questions and group discussion; the emphasis is on sharing experience and skills in a supportive atmosphere, with the dual goals of improving technique and encouraging experimentation.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Nancy graduated with a degree in design from North Staffs
Polytechnic, and is a fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers. She
teaches at Bild-Werk in Germany and exhibits internationally.
She has work in public and private collections, including the Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany, and is an exhibiting member of the CAA gallery in London.