Julian Cole

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Lettering on Glass

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 Society of Scribes and Illuminators. Next came a course in Glass Engraving at West Dean College – tutor Charmian Mocatta. I became a Craft Member of The Guild of Glass Engravers, was awarded the trophy for best first-time exhibitor by the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers (1993) and invited to demonstrate lettering on glass at Art in Action, Waterperry, (1994 & 1995). I then attended glass blowing courses at the 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 effect of engraving coloured glass (flashed glass panels or glass with coloured overlays and inlays). 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. Churches, doors and windows can be engraved, or special pieces blown to commission. I strive always for beauty.

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