Competition | 28-03-2021

Student competition for engraved glass

The Guild of Glass Engravers is inviting applications from UK and overseas students for ‘Making Your Mark’, an Instagram-based exhibition with two prizes.

Making Your Mark aims to showcase the range of engraved glass works being created today, highlighting technical achievements and creative flair. 

The Guild of Glass Engravers states, “We want to remind people why engraved glass is a much-loved craft and inspire people to collect, view, discuss and make engraved glass objects.”

The Guild is looking for works made by current students that have been made by hand, utilising craft processes. However this can include digital technology if used as a craft tool, not a means to an end. These works will ordinarily be either ‘one-offs’ or limited editions.

This is an opportunity to present experimental and finished works and to provide inspiration, as well as contributing to the discussions around contemporary glass engraving.

All students enrolled in a course of more than 15 hours tuition per week term time will automatically be entered for the prize, as long as their work meets the following criteria: submitted work must include surface decoration on any piece of glass, using either diamond point or handscriber, drill, sandblast, acid etch or wheel engraving. Graal techniques are admissible.

There is no age limit for applicants and they do not have to be studying glass to apply.

Two winners will be selected for the David Peace Prize, endowed by a bequest from the estate of founding member of the Guild, the late Dr David Peace MBE, and a bursary from his family. 

David Peace was noted for his lettering on glass and believed in encouraging young talent in glass – not only in the field of lettering, but also figurative and abstract artists. 

The first prize will be £500, and the second prize £200. Both prizes include free student membership of The Guild of Glass Engravers for one year.

Selection will be made via submitted images of work. Applications should be made by the deadline of 21 May 2021. 

Find out more and apply here.

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