Glass engraving with a small drill is an intuitive technique; the drill is held to the glass in the same way you would hold a pencil to paper. During this intensive practical course, you will explore in detail the marks and textures that can be made on clear glass with small diamonds, stones and polishers. You will begin to build up a repertoire you can draw on to realise your own designs, and take back to your own artistic practice.

This technique can hold its own as a method of engraving on glass, but can also be used in combination with lathe engraving, sandblast and etching which makes it a very useful addition to your skill set.

Learn how to transfer your own drawings and images on to clear glass, and experiment with line, surface and intaglio styles. There will be practical demonstrations, and group discussions about the importance of good design, photography and display of finished work.

Dates: Mon 19 August to Thursday 22 August

Monday 19 August - Registration from 10am to 11am, class starts at 11am

Any Level - beginners welcome

Location: Ruskin Glass Centre, The Glasshouse, Stourbridge

£590 - includes VAT, all materials, lunches and invitation to the British Glass Biennale Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening

Artist Biography

Nancy Sutcliffe is an award winning contemporary glass engraver and gilder. At art school she specialised in Medical and Scientific Illustration and graduated with a BA.Hons in Design. The discipline and attention to detail required in that subject has informed much of her subsequent work. Drawing is key to her artistic practice and her engravings are essentially carved drawings on glass.

For several years Nancy shared her time between her studio in rural Herefordshire and city living in the Middle East. Whilst in the UAE she developed a fascination for gold leaf and how it might be applied to her figurative engravings. The result of her extensive experimentation is a richly detailed style of inscribed applied gold leaf which has become characteristic of her work.

 Nancy exhibits internationally and has taught in Frauenau, Germany; Boda Glasbruk, Sweden; and at Corning Studio, USA. She has been a finalist in International glass prize exhibitions in Japan 2018 and Germany 2014 and in the Lithuanian Glass Biennale in 2014. She has participated in the British Glass Biennale 4 times. Nancy’s solo exhibitions have been in the UK and Germany, and she has work in private and public collections.  Alongside Katie Huskie, Nancy was selected as the Wimbledon AELTC Artist of the year 2018.

Additional Evening Events

Monday 19 August

Evening Barbecue at Vale Head Farm

Mingle and meet your masterclass colleagues in the tranquil environment of Glasshouse College’s Vale Head Farm, Kinver (5 miles from the Glasshouse). Set in beautiful South Staffordshire scenery you can relax after a busy day in the studio and enjoy good, local, organic bbq with salads and drinks with your new friends.

6.30 – 10pm

Price £20

Tuesday 20 August

Swedish Evening at Red House Glass Cone

To celebrate the arrival of ‘Boda Builders’, an exhibition of contemporary Swedish glass, we invite you to experience a Scandinavian evening in this atmospheric heritage venue. There are many parallels between the Stourbridge Glass Quarter and Sweden’s Kingdom of Crystal with the shift from factory to contemporary glass. Meet Maja Heuer, Director of The Glass Factory in Boda, who is leading this change and enjoy a Swedish inspired supper. This event will only be open to limited numbers, so small and very special. 

6.30 – 9.30pm

Price £25

Wednesday 21 August

Experience the delights of hand crafted real ale on the popular Black Country Beer Bus Tour

This tour takes you around some of the best traditional Black Country Alehouses for an evening of hand crafted real ale and some fine local brews, including Enville Ales, Bathams, Ma Pardoes and the Black Country Ales. The Swan at Netherton is deservedly on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Tuck into a choice of home-cooked traditional fish and chips, faggots & peas or a vegetarian/vegan option. The beer bus also features a bar selling spirits and other drinks.

The tour starts at 7pm and will finish around 11pm.

Price £25

Thursday 22 August

British Glass Biennale Awards Ceremony, 6pm

To celebrate the completion of your masterclass we warmly invite you to join us for the official opening of the British Glass Biennale.


If you have any queries place contact Masterclass Coordinator Jaqueline Cooley on +44 (0)7990 711565 or email [email protected]

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Drill Engraving with Nancy Sutcliffe

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Barbecue at Vale Head Farm

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Swedish Evening at Red House Glass Cone

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Black Country Real Ale Tour

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International Festival of Glass Programme

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