Guild of Glass Engravers

The Guild provides an insight into contemporary Glass Engraving. It aims to promote the highest standards of glass engraving.The website contains techniques, a gallery of members engraved glass, where to see it and where to learn to engrave.

Where to see engraving - Scotland

Scotland   Edinburgh; Psalmsong in the Scottish Parliament

Temple Records artist Alison Kinnaird`s unique and innovative installation "Psalmsong" is now on permanent show in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament.  "Psalmsong"combines music, engraved glass, optical fibre lighting and dichroic colour, as well as photography and digital printing on textile.  It measures 4.5 metres long x 2m high.  It was the result of a year`s work made possible by a Creative Scotland Award from the Scottish Arts Council in 2002.

For the past year, it has been on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.   It also received the Award for art from the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London in 2004. "Psalmsong" has now been purchased for the nation by the Scottish Parliament.  Jamie Stone MSP, Chairman of the Art Group said "I believe that this inspirational artwork sends out the best message for the Scottish Parliament, in terms of its quality of craftsmanship, and the fact that it will appeal be here for the people of Scotland, of all ages and from all walks of life, to enjoy when they visit Holyrood".

You can see Psalmsong in the gallery section of Alison`s website:

Scotland   Dornoch;"Praise"  window in Dornoch Cathedral

Alison Kinnaird has a double link with Dornoch Cathedral, as she was asked to create a stained-glass window for the Cathedral, which was dedicated in September 2004.  The window was commissioned by Isabel Anderson, in memory of her husband Stuart, for many years choir-master and organist at the Cathedral.  The subject of the window is "Praise" and shows a central figure with its arms raised, surrounded by singers and musicians.  The window was designed and engraved by Alison Kinnaird, and assembled and installed by Patrick Ross-Smith from Shetland.You can see the Dornoch Cathedral window in the gallery section of Alison`s website:

Scotland    Dundee; Streetwise II - the McManus Galleries in Dundee.

Alison Kinnaird`s installation `Streetwise II` is now in the collection of the McManus Galleries in Dundee.  This work uses engraved glass combined with optical fibre lighting and dichroic colour to suggest a contemporary nighttime street scene.