Upcycling for glass engravers with Tracey Sheppard


Ref: SWE11911

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About this course

Look at more imaginative and creative uses for glass otherwise destined for the bottle bank. Combine sandblasting and deep cutting and carving techniques.

Course Description

Look at more imaginative and creative uses for glass otherwise destined for the bottle bank, and chipped or scratched blanks which are about to be consigned to the bin. You are encouraged to gain confidence in working with coarse tools on hard glass, producing samples of deep cutting and carving.

You will be working on bottles, jars, beach-combed glass and other glass without a lead content. You might also choose to breathe new life into pieces which have been damaged in some way. You will combine sandblasting, engraving and carving with coarse stones and scintered diamonds.

You will be working on individual projects. Demonstrations of various techniques will be given by the tutor. There will be group sessions with questions and answers and a group review at the end of the course.

Day 1:

Group session to compare the glass you have brought and discuss any ideas you might have.

Individual tuition on your projects.

Demonstration illustrating uses of coarse cutting wheels.

Day 2:

Individual tuition.


Group Review.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • A flat sheet of practise glass.
  • Use of drills.

What students need to bring

  • Bring sketchbook ideas and images for inspiration.
  • Glass in the shape of bottles/jars/beach-combed glass
  • Glass which you hope to be able to revive

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Staedtler lumo – colour, black and yellow pens
  • Coarse diamond grit burrs
  • A selection of stones, some coarse and others fineboth fine and coarse
  • A selection of polishers and mandrels.
  • Available from tutor:
  • A small selection of burrs to supplement those available in the shop.
  • Some blank glass for experimentation.
  • Vinyl Sandblast mask.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


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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