Glass engraving for all with Tracey Sheppard

Ref: SWE10698

Suitable for all

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About this course

Prepare to be enthralled and challenged as you experiment with a variety of glass engraving tools and work on a project of your choice.

Course Description

Explore the myriad of possibilities of mark-making on glass. Enjoy 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, in order 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 in order to develop your skills will have ample opportunity to address your own questions and challenges.

The course is taught through individual tuition, tutor led demonstration, presentation, discussions. You will be encouraged to undertake personal projects – this approach ensures that everybody is able to 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.

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

What students need to bring

  • Improvers should bring examples of their earlier work.
  • Black fabric/small black cushion
  • Some ideas for engraving subjects – black and white photographs, natural objects or your own drawings
  • Some glass to engrave, preferably with lead content (lead crystal)
  • Wooden cocktail sticks
  • Small container for water
  • Any engraving tools you may already possess
  • Dust masks are provided by the College
  • Apron
  • Enclosed toe footwear (essential)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • From the College Craft Shop:
  • We have a generously stocked craft shop, which opens daily from 8.30am–2pm.
  • For any materials you need to purchase from the shop, we suggest you do so during the first morning of your course, after having discussed with your tutor.
  • Hand engraving tools
  • Black paper
  • White crayons/pencils/Staedtler pens
  • A selection of diamond burrs, stones and rubbers for use in flexible drives
  • Some pieces of practice glass
  • Tumblers with lead content
  • Sketchpad and pencils
  • Notepad
  • A basic tool kit is available for students to hire during the course at a cost of £2.00.


Tracey Sheppard

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.


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

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