The Guild provides an insight into contemporary Glass Engraving. It aims to promote the highest standards of glass engraving.The website contains techniques, a gallery of members engraved glass, where to see it and where to learn to engrave.
Geoff Thwaites has been engraving glass for over 20 years and it has been his main professional activity for the last 16.He was elected a Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers in 2000.
He works both to commission and for exhibitions. He takes commissions on a scale from goblets and tankards to doors and windows.Commissions often include lettering but can also include illustrative elements.Colour can be included by fusing in the kiln or using a collage technique.His commissions have included private gifts, trophies, retirement presents and doors for both churches and private houses.
He also exhibits widely.He usually makes his own pieces of glass for exhibitions by kiln-forming.These may then be engraved, deep cut and/or carved to produce sculptural works.The work is largely abstract but based on natural forms. He exhibited with the Guild last summer at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.