Stipple Engraver – James Denison-Pender, Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers
What are your thoughts on the future of glass engraving?
I can only speak for stipple engraving, and I’m not convinced about its future. Both in the 18th and 20th centuries it really grew out of the availability of very soft full lead crystal goblets and wine glasses, which have largely disappeared. Goblets appealed to what is now an older generation. A few years ago I exhibited several goblets and flat glass pieces in the Northern Branch exhibition at the Bowes Museum. All the flat glass pieces sold and none of the goblets. I enjoy doing my flat glass pieces but the glass is harder and it is physically hard work. It’s also difficult to get good quality tungsten carbide points now. Only the lighting for display keeps improving.