Katharine Coleman | Glassworker at The Gloucestershire Guild Of Craftsmen



people been cutting glass this way so the Romans discovered it or the egyptians ramy me like mad in the first century and they also discovered a way of using assistant they'd use the steel cutting the cutting blonde there is you have a lathe like this with one drive shattered and impregnated lines as well but most of the spindles I cut out disks a copper like this scrap copper and then I fit them on a spindle they fit on the end literally like that I mean a diamond and while the legs turning I just knock the end or please spindle over and that rivets it on that's great it's been fixed on pretty long for life doing so when you're learning this is a bit tricky because it'll to make rental items and over and down the copper doesn't actually cut the ground it cuts the glass this mixture our cover and and great-tasting you can have different grades of grits you have coarse grit and fine grit depending what you're wanting to do it's copper because copper being a soft metal carries grip very well when I turn the day when I put some of the Grich and oil on the liberal people keep the wheel constantly Charles that is efficiently charged to cut one line so I just looked me proper better the best one to the room who don't times a little bit too blah so what I have to do is I have to sharpen it so I just use a a mild steel I utilized a couple that's a good time yeah on an old piece of glass that's just where you get to know all those things yes it's feel and some I can't see where the wheel hits the glass so this fourth engraving it's the gesture of trust these please elbow pads the fourth canary seed which is the perfect two until you're working with water they stand this route as well but they provide essential cushioning for my elbows and steadying dismay it was designed in about 1902 in Germany built for the average forearm of a a German mighty German gentleman and I just don't have big enough arms well I love it lots I wouldn't I mean it's my most prized possession what I was going to start with when I'm cutting this beast was just to cut away where I didn't want color when this piece is finished you'll see that it's just the clear glass round here that's where I've removed two layers of glass abouthe removed layer Ruby glass and a layer of yellow gloves so for that work certainly to start with I use a very coarse grit and it just bike you through the glass very quickly this isn't actually you know Crystal Palace's which handler I take drawing to animals I want to near will confer both regards and what he does is he takes a great gathering several kinds of people and starts to go take a gander off first ahead together left and then cover that with together yellow glass that will be blown up into a bubble and then you'll have to to glassblowers one with their applying on with clear glass along with the growing arm of the two colors and they have to the two together only a minimun shipwreck it's a various amount of amenities I draw myself a little guideline with a pencil and then I'll come on unenjoyable expert Elizabeth on Spanish American tax systems of the 17th century which there aren't many jobs to them I was walking down Park Street which is just behind Burlington house taking my children to the Lavi Museum mankind that used to exist in a wonder I saw this glass it was five lines and forms that were cut so deeply into the glass they became part of it and it was magic I've never seen I rushed it I've got five six to achieve after three I asked the gentleman who's in charge where I want to go to learn to do this sort of work and he said oh it's frightfully difficult and there was only one place you can then do that stuff where is it find out it was morally college that was in 1984 because Peter Dreiser who's my teacher was not only probably the most gifted really engraver in Europe at the time there's also wonderful feature so in three years he taught me how to do hand engraving and then added drill engraving now set him please teach me how to cook please teach me how to ease he said smoke so you think you can engrave you did and I've done we should be called barley I did a piece very – show me to see because he sees the bodies do all these pattern that's on the outside collapsed and center this cleared gas the house it is what the gas would have looked like before it was cut engraved but the table is already been cut off and the top polished and in some respects I think they're quite lovely pieces before I touch them so I'm very reluctant sometimes to cut them at all – the scary moment when you stood here's a scary moment committing yourself because already this piece has cost me a lot honey I have to that way it's actually really Tokyo's my first to cut this was mostly terribly terribly difficult because it's round so had a little nest of saw the newspaper and gently cut it round so when you've got this thickness of glass you're cutting through sometimes the glass will fly right across the workshop will be putting it so I needed help doing this one but this sort of Engraving you can actually use any sort of dance because you don't need LED crystal for this sort of engraving it's great having local but also charity shops a great source of very good glass right I've picked up eighteenth-century champagne tumbler down Spanish op nobody knew what they were this was the maquette for primary school darling in West Hampstead the idea was to news the children I would do white on black suggestive driver doesn't need more honor than they took me on because very proud to be part of a long honor tradition are practical craftsmen they can get people to join their own homes and as a domestic environment

3 Comments

  • lb005a

    April 14, 2019

    Absolutely Stunning!!

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  • Juanito Periera

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks for sharing. Amazing skill and work. You educated me today in how some of the antique copper wheel cut glass oil lamps I have acquired as part of my antique glass collection may have been made in the late 19th century at the Boston And Sandwich Glass Works. The some of the fonts are cut glass in several colors. Your work is absolutely exquisite. Again, many thanks.

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  • Daniel Jackson

    April 14, 2019

    excellent work!

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