Heather Gillespie, 1984 United Kingdom

Heather Gillespie is a glass engraver specialising in the 16th century art of copper wheel engraving, a technique no longer taught in this country. Heather applies her designs with precise deep cuts and intricate patterns to hand blown lead crystal glass, a very labour intensive process, producing mesmerising vessels, bowls and lighting pieces, all unique and both expertly and exquisitely crafted. Gillespie plays with the refractive and reflective properties of glass and enjoys the limitless possibilities to create optical illusions by the means of skilful cutting and interaction with light. Gillespie now divides her time between making art pieces and teaching the dying art of copper wheel engraving at the University of Wolve...

Heather Gillespie is a glass engraver specialising in the 16th century art of copper wheel engraving, a technique no longer taught in this country. Heather applies her designs with precise deep cuts and intricate patterns to hand blown lead crystal glass, a very labour intensive process, producing mesmerising vessels, bowls and lighting pieces, all unique and both expertly and exquisitely crafted. Gillespie plays with the refractive and reflective properties of glass and enjoys the limitless possibilities to create optical illusions by the means of skilful cutting and interaction with light.
Gillespie now divides her time between making art pieces and teaching the dying art of copper wheel engraving at the University of Wolverhampton, itself a historical centre for glass excellence in the UK.

Heather Gillespie
+44 (0) 207 727 8001   info@vesselgallery.com
114 Kensington Park Rd | London | W11 2PW