Hand engraved glassware
I qualified as a teacher in London (1964) and then lived for seven years on a diamond mine in Namibia. I have been selling my artwork at craft fairs since 1989, formerly in Cape Town, South Africa, then in Devon since 2007. I have been engraving glass for more than fifteen years. Many years ago I did pen and ink drawings as part of an arts course to degree level, so engraving was a natural progression. My designs are influenced by the many varieties of plants to be found in Southern Africa.
I try to include interesting glass which can sit on a workbench for weeks until I find a design to suit. (At the moment I have a rum taster which is a really unusual shape, but have no idea what to engrave on it.) I always draw a rough outline of a design on a glass first, which can be wiped off if in the wrong position. I start engraving with a very fine diamond point, then use a variety of points to get the desired effect. I find lettering is the most time-consuming as each letter has to measured to a fraction of a millimetre.
Because each item is hand-crafted, I do not hold large stocks of each design, but I can normally produce a finished item within two weeks of receipt of your order. I hold blank stocks of wine, whisky and other glasses, beer tankards, vases, coasters and tealight holders as well as some jugs, plates, dishes, clocks and decanters. The range of items changes continuously, depending on availability. See our 'Products' page for some examples.
I have a wide variety of standard engraving designs and I am also able to engrave your design on the glassware of your choice. Pets are a popular design, and I have a reference book of dog breeds. Sports are also very popular. I have also engraved tractors, aircraft, motorbikes and vintage cars. The possibilities are endless; all I require is for you to send me a picture.
I am based near Exeter in Devon and will deliver in the Exeter-Torquay area. Otherwise, items are sent by first class mail.
My list of craft fair dates for 2017 are now on my website.