Nancy Sutcliffe Glass Engraver

After a degree in Design, specialising in Scientific and Medical Illustration, Nancy worked in publishing and a large teaching hospital before eventually discovering glass. Training at West Dean with Tracey Sheppard, and at Pilchuck Glass School with Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent Nancy has developed her own style.

Using diamond and stone bits, Nancy “draws” on glass vessels and panels with a small hand held drill, it feels much the same as using a pen, pencil or paintbrush on paper. Her own interpretation of the human figure is the main subject matter, a constant inspiration and challenge. This medium allows for deep carving into the glass, catching the light and giving form to the figures. In contrast, it is possible to scratch and polish the surface with such a light touch that the effect is of a film of transparent fabric. The combination of these techniques has helped to produce very particular and identifiable pieces.

An extended period living in  the middle east has added a new dimension to recent work.

A course in gilding has shown the possibilities of using gold leaf with engraved images, and engraving into gilded areas has added a richness to Nancy’s work (and an extra challenge for the photographer). Framed work on white enamelled glass is another new departure, the effect is of a 3D pencil drawing as the images are carved into the back of the glass.

Nancy Exhibits widely, and works with Joanne Newman, a glass artist at the Ruskin Glass Studios in an ongoing collaboration. She was included in the British Glass Biennale, 2006 and 2008, and has work in private collections, and Broadfield House Museum.


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