Glass Cutting

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One day glass cutting workshop: Introductory and intermediary level – £140



One day intensive glass cutting workshop

Heather Gillespie

The intensive one-day workshop introduces you to the craft of traditional glass cutting on a diamond lathe. The workshops are suitable for people with no experience of working with glass. The maximum number of participants is four, ensuring you enjoy extremely high levels of personal support and supervision throughout the day. You will be introduced to a range of diamond cutting wheels and shown what they do, how they are used, health & safety issues and then supported through a series of practical exercises. You will learn how to cut lines, create patterns and oval lenses and end up producing your own glasses which you keep. Two hi-ball tumblers, made in 30% lead crystal at Cumbria Crystal are included in the cost, as is acid polishing to create a beautiful shine.

Creativity is key, so Heather will also demonstrate how designs are developed & transferred to glasses ready for the cutting process. After lunch theory will be put into practice & you will develop your own design, transfer it onto the remaining glasses and create two finished glasses ready for home use & to show friends. Additional glasses are available for purchase should the creative bug take hold!

After the course your glass will be polished by the factory staff in a mixture of hydrofluoric and sulphuric acid, bringing them to a high shine and finished state. This is a hazardous process so it is done separately.

Your finished creations will be ready for collection four days after the workshop, or if you are unable to collect courier delivery can be arranged.
Two day course options are available, taking participants to an ‘Intermediate level’. By the end of the second day you be confident in designing and making sets of glasses for home, friends and family.

Heather is one of UK’s finest glass cutters and engravers. She won the Master of Crafts Award (2012), worked with Calvin Klein home, Liberty London, Selfridges, Nokia and her work is exhibited by Vessel Gallery. She will introduce you to the art and techniques of traditional glass cutting on a diamond lathe and guide you step-by-step through the process. It is a great way to discover the art of glass cutting from a skilful artist in a convivial atmosphere.

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.

Max group size four: 16+years
T&Cs apply.
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Tel: +44 (0)1229 584 400

Additional information

Workshop Dates 2018

20th January 18, 21st January 18, 10th March 18, 11th March 18, 7th April 18, 8th April 18, 5th May 18, 6th May 18, 2nd June 18, 3rd June 18, 7th July 18, 8th July 18, 11th August 18, 12th August 18, 1st September 18, 2nd September 18

1 review for Glass Cutting

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent weekend with Heather. Far exceeded my expectations as to what could be achieved with good tuition and a steady hand. The crystal glasses are stunning and I shall enjoy every drink from them.

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