Stipple Engraver on Glass
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Stipple engraving on glass originated in Holland in the 18th.century, and reached its peak around 1740-1770. By 1810 it had disappeared, but it was rediscovered in the 1930s in Great Britain, where it is now enjoying a revival. Pictures are made up of tones created by tiny dots scratched on the surface of the glass with a diamond or tungsten carbide point. The more dots applied the lighter the tone achieved, the lightest tone being where the whole surface has been removed. The half tones depend on the dots being separated by minute areas of clear glass. Full lead crystal is needed for this to be achieved without the surface breaking up. Because the whole process is done by hand, without machinery or acid, it can take a month or more to engrave a single goblet. For his larger engravings James combines stipple engraving with drill engravinf using diamond and carburundum burrs, as in the examples below.

The R & A Diamond Jubilee 2012 Commemoration. Drill and Stipple Engraving by James Denison-Pender. Sacred River. Drill and stipple engraving on spun glass.
About the Artist
James Denison-Pender was born in London in 1942. He took up engraving as a hobby, entirely self-taught, in 1967. In 1972 he left the computer industry to make engraving his full-time career. He joined the Guild of Glass Engravers in 1975, and was elected a Fellow in 1980. He exhibits regularly with the Guild, and more recently with the Scottish Glass Society, which he joined in 1996. His many other exhibitions include Sheppard & Cooper and Asprey in London, Portraits Inc. and Mallett in New York, The 1980 Newbury Spring Festival, Falle Fine Arts in Jersey and Whytock & Reid in Edinburgh. A frequent visitor to Africa, he exhibited at the 1st World Wilderness Congress in Johannesburg in 1977, and with the African Wildlife Foundation in Washington DC. He also exhibited at The Fleming Collection in London in 2012 and with Alexander Meddowes Fine Arts in Edinburgh in 2014. He lived in Cumbria from 1974 to 1993, when he moved to Scotland.
Commissioned Engravings
An exquisite engraving by James Denison-Pender makes an ideal gift for a wedding, special birthday or anniversary, a presentation on retirement or corporate gift. A subject can be chosen which is personal to, or reflects an interest or enthusiasm of the recipient. There is a wide choice of glass - wineglasses, goblets, bowls and blocks. Goblets and bowls can be engraved on the inside and outside surfaces creating a magical three-dimensional effect. Every engraving is unique - no design is ever repeated. Where an engraving is needed for a particular date, it is advisable to give the artist about six months notice. It is a slow process and there is nearly always a bit of a backlog. The artist will be pleased to help with choice of subject and glass, and advise on presentation and display.