Two day weekend 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 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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