Glass engraving – small treasures with Nancy Sutcliffe


Ref: SLW11222

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About this course

Be inspired by the fascinating craft of glass engraving. Learn how to draw with a drill on glass and create your own beautiful paperweight.

Course Description

Explore the fascinating craft of glass engraving. You will be guided through the basic skills and techniques of engraving with a micro-motor (a small handheld drill). The tutor will encourage you to discover your own engraving style which, like your signature, will be unique to you.

This course will be suitable for both the complete beginner, and for those who already have a degree of proficiency, wishing to refresh and extend their skills. Working on a small scale on practice glass will help to develop your confidence in the technique and when you are ready, you will make a finished engraving on a beautiful optical crystal paperweight.

As a group, you will consider the importance of design and discuss the different types of glass suitable for engraving (including recycled). You will also look at 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 looking at the range of marks, textures and tones it is possible to make with diamond and stone burrs.

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. By the end of the course, you will have created a beautiful work of glass art.


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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply most of the materials including 3 burrs and one crystal paperweight.
  • Extra paperweights will be available to buy from the tutor.

What students need to bring

  • Apron
  • Enclosed toe footwear (essential)
  • Sketchbook and pencil
  • Tracing paper and fine biro
  • Fine Permanent marker for glass (Staedtler or similar)
  • Small container of methylated spirits
  • Any drawings or design ideas you may have for your paperweight. NB not essential

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Drawing materials
  • Tracing paper
  • Variety of burrs
  • Available from tutor:
  • Extra paperweights


Nancy Sutcliffe

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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