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 - England South West

Wiltshire   St James Church, Ansty, Shaftesbury

St. James Church, Ansty built in the early 13th Century by the Knights Hospitaller, fourteen miles from Salisbury and six from Shaftesbury. Here will be found some very fine lettering on two memorial windows in the chancel and one in the nave by David Peace, a Past President and Fellow of the Guild.

Wiltshire    Alton Barnes Church, Alton Prior

Alton Priors, in the Vale of Pewsey, a short walk along a path across green meadows, was for many years the home of Laurence Whistler and here in the church is the example of his work closest to his home - it is a small diamond pane engraved with a view of Wiltshire farm and downland, in memory of Gury Stratton.

Wiltshire   Hinton Parva Church, Swindon,

A pane of glass engraved by Laurence Whistler at Hinton Parva Church a few miles east of Swindon shows the village, church and the surrounding countryside from the Downs above.

Wiltshire   Salisbury Cathedral

The Rex Whistler Memorial in the Morning Chapel is engraved by his brother Laurence Whistler. The Steuben glass prism is 12 inches high and revolves in a blue-bronze lantern. Half the building is engraved up to the centre of the tower, coinciding with one corner of the prism so that as the prism revolves the image is doubled and suggests the whole Cathedral. The nave and trancepts, trees and the Walton Canonry in the Close (Where the brothers lived) and a distant view of Old Sarum appear and disappear.  Other Laurence Whistler engravings are admirable displayed: "The Sidney Evans Bowl" (1986) in the Chapter House was given to Dean Evans on his retirement and the commemorative panels(1985) to Serena Booker and Joanna Winnifrith, two sisters who died young, are on display in the north choir aisle.   All show Laurence Whistler`s poetry and his understanding of things religious and scared, but it is the memorial to his brother Rex which captures the mind most.