Geoff Thwaites
engraved and fused glass
Engraved glass, from goblets and tankards to doors and windows. Sculptural carved glass objects. Fused glass plates and jewellery.
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I have been engraving glass for almost 25 years and it has been my main professional activity for the last 18. I was elected a Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers in 2000 and am one of only 25 people who currently have this status.

I work both to commission and for exhibitions. I take 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. My commissions have included private gifts, trophies, retirement presents and doors for both churches and private houses.

I also exhibit widely. I usually make my 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. I will be exhibiting this summer with the Guild of Glass Engravers at the Red House Cone and with the Contemporary Glass Society at the Ruskin Centre, both in Stourbridge.