About this course

Experiment with drawing or lettering on glass as you are introduced to the techniques of drill and hand engraving. Improvers may work on their own projects.

Course Description

Discover the techniques and potential of glass engraving and explore both hand and drill based techniques to develop a personal working approach. Suitable for complete beginners and, for those who may have let their practice lapse, this is a perfect opportunity to rebuild your confidence with this medium.

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, you will be able to apply a design to the glass and choose which of the two techniques you prefer. 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 and discussions. You will be encouraged to undertake personal projects – this approach ensures that everybody is able to progress at their own pace.


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

What students need to bring

  • 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
  • Examples of your work if you have any

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • The College Craft Shop stocks a good selection of art and craft materials, including: hand engraving tools, black paper, white crayons/pencils/Staedtler pens, a selection of diamond burrs, stones and rubbers for use in flexible drives, pieces of practice glass, tumblers with lead content, sketchpads and pencils.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). There may be possible equipment restrictions in the absence of the tutor.


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.


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

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