When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Katharine Coleman
  • Course Code W21JWYB03D
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A rare opportunity to experience glass engraving, its history, its tools and its many applications, classical and contemporary. You can explore either one or several different engraving techniques: diamond point, drill, wheel engraving, working on colour overlay and printing from engraved glass. We shall focus on the development of practical skills alongside an appreciation of glass engraving itself and the many interesting effects that can be obtained. All skill levels welcome. Please note there is no sandblaster.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • use engraving tools to engrave glass
  • understand and use copper wheel engraving tools
  • complete a simple engraved piece


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Each day will include an illustrated ten-minute topic at midday. Students’ progress their own work at their own pace, assisted by the tutor on a one-to-one basis. When something occurs with a particular student’s project that might be of interest to others, then their attention will be drawn to this and students will find each other’s’ work and progress useful and interesting to follow. It is possible for a student of any age to make a simple and effective glass engraving. The studio has sufficient drills for all to use but only two engraving lathes, so time on these will have to be shared.

    Entry requirements

    The summer school is open to beginners and more experienced students alike. An open mind, a determination to draw and improve drawing skills and a growing interest in glass engraving in all its many forms are all useful.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    The glass engraving studio is on the third floor, with lift access. Students work on their glass at a bench which may involve intense periods of using a motorised tool and bending over your glass. When working the glass without a water drip you are required to wear a mask for Health and Safety reasons. You will also need to wear eye protection, so if you have your own safety glasses (obtainable from most hardware stores) please bring them.

    What you need

    Eye protection if you have safety specs Pencils, spirit based pens fine and medium tip (CD markers work well), biro/ball point pen Drawing paper A plain (colourless) tumbler or vase or small glass object that you wish to engrave. Charity shops are a good source. Please do not bring heatproof or shockproof glass as this is not suitable. Ordinary table glass tends to be fine, but pub/restaurant glass is often shockproof. The tutor will bring some colour-overlaid sheet glass, cut in 10cm squares, which will be available at cost. You will need to wear sturdy shoes, boots or trainers (no open sandals). An apron and/or wear old clothes.

    What you can do next

    The course provides an excellent grounding in glass engraving techniques. You could continue to develop your skills in our stained glass classes at Morley College: an Introduction to Stained Glass, and Intermediate Stained Glass. You can also look online at glass engraving on www.facebook.com/glassengravingnetwork , the Guild of Glass Engravers www.gge.org.uk and read Peter Dreiser & Jonathan Matcham: Techniques of Glass Engraving, 2nd edition, A&C Black, London 2006 ISBN 0-7136-7516-0