Explore the myriad of possibilities of mark-making on glass. Enjoy the practical experience with plenty of demonstrations focusing on design.
This is a course which will suit the curious beginner, as well as those who have had a tiny taste but want to know more. Experienced engravers who wish to focus on particular aspects of the medium will find ample opportunity to further expand their knowledge.
Discover the techniques and potential of glass engraving, and explore both hand and drill-based techniques to develop a personal working approach.
The aim is to capture the imagination of beginners, encouraging you to gain and develop skills, as well as to deepen the experience of those members of the group who are re-visiting the medium, to awaken a passion for this exciting art form.
By the end of the course, those of you who were complete beginners will be able to apply a design to the glass and have a basic grounding in both drill and hand techniques. You will also possess a basic understanding of the different groups of tools and types of glass. Those of you who attend to develop your skills will have ample opportunity to address your questions and challenges.
The course is taught through individual tuition, tutor-led demonstration, presentation and discussions. You will be encouraged to undertake personal projects – this approach ensures that everybody can progress at their own pace.
Materials and techniques include:
Diamond points, diamond burrs and tungsten needles in hand engraving.
Basic use of abrasive stones, diamond burrs and polishers in drill engraving.
Information about the variety of drills available and different types of glass.
Materials and methods used to apply designs to glass.
Application of stones, diamonds and polishers to create textures, tones and ‘colour.’
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)
Tracey Sheppard studied Fine Art and English Literature for a London University BA Hons. She is a Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers, and a Brother of the Art Workers Guild. Exhibiting widely, she has work in private collections and public buildings. She recently engraved south doors for Portsmouth Cathedral.