Zoom Lecture ‘Glass and Eye Too’ by Tracey Sheppard

Monday 6th September, 6pm, E.Ticket £5

‘Glass and eye too’ will encompass the seed which, when planted, grew into a Glass Engraver, the abundant growth and flowering of a career. It will illustrate and explain various techniques, and the tools which Tracey employs. In other words, the why, the how and the what.

Tracey Sheppard is a highly respected glass engraver who has worked extensively in Hampshire and beyond.

After leaving college, Tracey studied English Literature and Fine Art at the West London Institute of Higher Education, London University BA Hons. She first began engraving at evening classes in 1980 whilst still studying, and was soon accepted as a Craft Member by the Guild of Glass Engravers in 1982. She was then Highly Commended as a First Time Exhibitor in the National Exhibition in 1983.

She was elected Fellow of the Guild Glass Engravers in 1987 and served as chairman from 1998 – 2002. She became Guild President in 2013.

Her work is heavily influenced by a love of plants and gardening. She is fascinated by the play of light across the surface of glass and the way the character of her work changes with the weather. She welcomes the opportunities offered by a variety of scale, from the minute modelling of a perfume bottle to the physical demands and design challenge presented by a pair of church doors. She also enjoys indulging her own slightly idiosyncratic sense of humour! Tracey won the Christopher Russell Lettering prize in 1998, 2004, 2012, and 2015.

Commissions include work for the colleges of Ampleforth, Eton and Winchester. The BBC, Chelsea Physic Garden, Civil Aviation Authority, Hampshire County Council, Hilliers, the Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral, The World Meteorolgical Organisation, and The Royal Horticultural Society. Her work has also been presented to her Majesty the Queen, the late Queen Mother, the Duchess of Gloucester, and the Sultan of Oman.

Tracey has engraved doors, windows, and panels for churches and cathedrals, hospices and schools as well as private houses. Some of her large-scale works include: A window in the Dovecote Chapel at the Wessex Children`s Hospice. Doors for All Saints Church in Fulham. Millennium Doors for the Minster at Ilminster. Millennium windows for St John the Baptist Church, Boldre, and St Peter`s Church in Hurstbourne Tarrant. Two panels for the Epiphany Chapel in Winchester Cathedral. Two memorial panels for the south doors of Romsey Abbey. North and South doors for Luton Parish Church. Doors for St John`s Church Axbridge, and St Mary Magdalene in Taunton. The south doors at Portsmouth Cathedral, and doors for St Anne’s Church in the Royal Naval Dockyard. Windows for St Michael’s Hospice, Hereford and the Severn Valley Hospice, Shrewsbury.

When not engraving, she teaches at the Edward James Foundation, West Dean College and in local Adult Education as well as giving lectures and workshops on behalf of the Guild.

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