Gillespie fell in love with the art of copper wheel engraving, an archaic process no longer taught in the UK, during the year that she spent in the Czech Republic following her training in Edinburgh. She is now applying her labour-intensive and precise deep cuts and patterns to hand blown glass vessels, bowls and lighting pieces, all unique and both expertly and exquisitely crafted.
In the artist’s own words;
“Before creating a piece of glass, I produce a series of sketches and designs. Once the glass has been blown, I begin the process of cutting and polishing the glass to a high standard, ready for engraving.
I am primarily interested in the 16th century art of copper wheel engraving. Being self taught, I lived for a year in the remote village of Kamenicky Senov in the Czech Republic. I spent my time studying techniques, refining my skills and perfecting my craft. Copper wheel engraving is a satisfying and rewarding process but there are only a handful of engravers in the U.K. who are practicing this craft, producing exquisite work. The craft of copper wheel engraving is, unfortunately, no longer taught in any U.K. institute”