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.

Member Profile

Julian Cole
14 Shepard Way
Chipping Norton
Telephone: 01608642066

Having always been interested in lettering, I took an Adult Education Calligraphy course and joined the Oxford Scribes.There I developed techniques at many workshops with tutors from the Scribes & Illuminators. Next came a course in glass engraving at West Dean College-tutor Charmian Mocatta- and I became a Craft Member of the Guild of Glass Engravers; was awrded the trophy for best first time exhibitor at their annual exhibition by the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers (1993) and invited to demonstrate lettering on glass at Art in Action, Waterperry (1994,1995,2008). I then attended hot glass courses at High Wycombe College of Glass and Ceramics, and was elected Associate Fellow of The Guild of Glass Engravers (1996).

I use glass as a medium for engraving both lettering and other designs, and particularly enjoy the effects of engraving coloured glass (flashed glass panels or cased glass). The letterforms and inscriptions are chosen to enhance the beauty of the piece - the beauty of the whole must be greater than the sum of its parts. Pieces of glass of any size can be engraved to commemorate any occasion with initials, monograms or complete inscriptions; church doors and windows: examples are St. Michael-at-the-Northgate, Oxford, Michelmersh (near Winchester) and St. Peter's, Nottingham. Special pieces can be blown to order.

My work is also in the Dan Klein & Alan. J  Poole (Private Collection), London GB. 


Engraving Techniques

HNSY micromotor drill , sometimes combined with sand blasting.