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Glass Engraving

Hand Engraved Glass
by Steve Lee

Steve Lee & Glass Engraving

Glass engraving is a relatively rare art form that seldom reaches the public eye. It is usually decorative in form and can be found adorning vases, drinking glasses and other glass vessels. Images are created by abrading the surface layers of the glass. This can be achieved by sandblasting, or the use of acids and copper wheels, or the two forms of glass engraving that I practice which are drill and stipple engraving.

I began glass engraving in 1995 and  for a decade solely practiced drill engraving. This process uses a dental style drill, diamond coated burrs and polishing rubbers to create an image. I then moved onto stipple engraving, forming images from thousands of tiny dots. I now use a combination of stipple and drill in most of my work.

I’m entirely self taught and in my work I always try to stretch myself, creating pieces that in the planning stage I’m not entirely sure I have the skill to  pull off. This encourages me to to always improve on my technique. Glass Engraving is an art of constant practice. 

I like to think of Glass Engraving as “Painting With Light”, a term coined by the late, great, glass engraver Sir Lawrence Whistler.



Take A Class!

Would you like to learn how to drill engrave? I’m offing 6-hour lessons in Tavistock, Devon for either beginners or advanced engravers. Or I can travel to you, so you can learn to engrave in the comfort of your own home. 

Lessons start from £90 per day. To get in touch and book your lesson, or for further information, you can either call me on
0771 556 7393
or use the form below.  

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Engraving Gallery

Royal Miniature Society

Exhibited at the 2018 annual exhibition of the Royal Miniature Society and Winner of the Bidder & Borne, Sculptors and Gravers award.

“A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light, or rather, in light”.


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+44 (0)771 556 7393