Glass engraving for beginners with Tracey Sheppard

Ref: S1D31682

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Engraving a glass with enthusiasm – and a drill!

Course Description

This course provides a perfect introduction to the delights and mysteries of glass engraving.

The day will give you the opportunity to experiment with a small range of tools, making marks on the surface of a piece of practice glass, in order to gain confidence with this media. You will then progress to engraving a simple decorated letter on a tumbler.

During the day, we will also look at some of the basic approaches to design and the application of a drawing to the surface of the glass.

There will be demonstrations by the tutor, some group work and plenty of individual tuition. You will receive guidance on the types of glass available for engraving, and the drills, burrs and other equipment necessary in order to pursue this enthralling subject.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • All the materials and tools will be supplied for the course, including:
  • Glass tumbler
  • Drill
  • Small selection of burrs
  • Spirit based pen
  • Dust masks

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pencil
  • One or two empty jam jars or similar vessels
  • Enclosed footwear – no open toed shoes/sandals (essential)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • General art materials

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). You must not wear open shoes or have bare legs (even if the weather is warm) in the workshop. Do not wear loose clothing or dangly jewellery as it may get caught in machinery. Long hair must be tied back.


Tracey Sheppard portrait

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.

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