One-Day Glass Cutting Workshop

From: GBP, £140.00

One day intensive glass cutting workshop

£140 per person for the full day/ Please note that a minimum of 3 people are required for the course to run/ Max group size 6/ Pre-booking is essential/ 14 + years/  Two crystal tumblers are included to take home!

Create your own beautiful glasses with your unique cut pattern!

This intensive workshop will introduce you to the traditional craft of glass cutting on a diamond lathe. The workshop is suitable for anyone with no experience, or for those wishing to develop their skills.

The course size is a maximum of 6 people, ensuring that you enjoy extremely high levels of personal support and supervision throughout the day. You will be introduced to a range of diamond wheels and shown what they do, how they are used, health & safety issues and then supported through a series of practical exercises to develop confidence. Creativity is key, our course-leader Heather will demonstrate how designs are developed & transferred onto glasses ready for the cutting process. You will learn how to cut various lines, patterns and oval lenses.

You will develop your own designs & transfer them onto your own glasses. Two hand-blown Cumbria Crystal hi-ball tumblers are included in the cost to take home, as is acid polishing to create the beautiful shine & promote the crystals refractive qualities. Additional glasses are available at discounted prices on the day should the creative bug take hold! More experienced participants may tailor the day to match their skill levels and personal objectives.

After the course your glass will be polished. Your finished creations will be ready for collection about four days after the workshop. If you are unable to collect, courier delivery can be arranged.                                                                               

Enquiries / Gifts vouchers / Bookings:

Tel: +44 (0) 1229 584 400


Sun Dec 1st 2019                  

Alternative dates can be arranged – please call to enquire.


One day intensive glass cutting workshop

Cumbria Crystal is the last producer of hand-blown and hand-cut luxury English crystal in Britain.  Cumbria Crystal is famous for producing the highest quality lead crystal & is the crystal of choice for the British Embassies, many Royal Families and Luxury Stores worldwide. Using traditional glassmaking methods, our highly skilled artisans are committed to making traditional & contemporary crystal. The Ulverston factory is on the southern edge of the Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors are invited to watch the alchemy of creating exquisite English crystal. The Two-Day Glass Cutting Workshop is run by Heather, whose passion for glass design will surely inspire. 



Heather Gillespie


Heather Gillespie is one of the UK’s finest glass cutters and engravers. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and then moved to the Czech Republic were she continued her training as a glass engraver and cutter. Peter Rath, owner of the prestigious glass company of Lobmeyr in Vienna nurtured her skills by acting as her mentor during this informative stage of her career.

In 2008 Heather was selected for the ‘Next Move’ scheme, run by the UK Crafts Council. Here she was placed at a University as Artist in Residence. Heather now works from her studio in Cumbria producing unique glass works and gift items which sell in galleries and retail shops both nationally and internationally.

Heather won the Master of Crafts Award in 2012 and is an Associate Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers for her services to glass in the UK. She has worked with Calvin Klein Home, Liberty London, Selfridges, Nokia and her work is represented by Vessel Gallery in the UK.

Age: 14+ years

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