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Traditional glass engraving


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Would you like to learn how to drill engrave? I’m offering 6-hour lessons in Tavistock, Devon for either beginners or advanced engravers. Or I can travel to you, so you can learn to engrave in the comfort of your own home.

Glass engraving is a relatively rare art form that seldom reaches the public eye. It is usually decorative in form and can be found adorning vases, drinking glasses and other glass vessels. Images are created by abrading the surface layers of the glass. This can be achieved by sandblasting, or the use of acids and copper wheels, or the two forms of glass engraving that I practice which are drill and stipple engraving.

I began glass engraving in 1995 and for a decade solely practiced drill engraving. This process uses a dental style drill, diamond coated burrs and polishing rubbers to create an image. I then moved onto stipple engraving, forming images from thousands of tiny dots. I now use a combination of stipple and drill in most of my work.

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What's included in the price?

> Suitable for individuals or groups of up to 4 people.
> 6 Hour days tailored to to your skill level.
> Tea, coffee and endless chat included.
> You will work on, and take away, a completed piece.
> Safe and family friendly.
> No pre existing skills required to be able to engrave.


Steve Lee at Emotive Glass
26 Penn Kernow
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I've wanted to try glass engraving ever since I came across the work of Lawrence Whistler so I was very pleased to find someone who could actually teach this specialised art form. Steve is an excellent engraver and a great teacher and made everything very simple and straightforward. The tools are quite easy to use and the different drills produce different results, but obviously need practice. However it's possible to produce something in one or two sessions andI have a very nice souvenir - I have mine in the form of a glass coaster which is sitting on my table. I shall be continuing my lessons and if anyone else would like to have a go I can certainly recommend you get in touch with Steve. It's a rare opportunity to learn from such a talented engraver, and you never know, it might solve the problem of Christmas presents for your friends!

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