|Historic area of significance|
|Area currently practised|
|Origin in the UK||19th Century|
|Current no. of professionals (main income)||6-10|
|Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
|Current no. of trainees||Not known|
|Current total no. serious amateur makers
|Current total no. of leisure makers
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required|
Brilliant cutting would have been common in the UK in the nineteeth century, with most towns boasting cut glass craftsmen, gilders and signwriters.
Brilliant cut glass is associated with traveller and fairground culture and communities. It is also synonymous with the British pub and pub culture.
French embossing / acid etching
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
The craft is labour intensive which puts people off learning it. It takes dedication and a lot of time to hone your skills.
The grindstones used to brilliant cut glass are principally of aluminium oxide, although historically they were made of sandstone from Craigleith in Edinburgh. Diamond impregnated wheels can be useful for roughing out. For some years it was difficult to source the wheels, however, there is now a source of new grinding wheels in the UK which is making the craft more accessible again.
The high cost of the materials and labour compared to the low cost and high speed of computer designed vinyl graphics reduces the number of clients willing to commission work.
Craftspeople currently known
- David A Smith MBE
- S Taylor and Sons
- Cheshire Stained Glass
- Monkseaton Glaziers and Stained glass studio
- Stuart Reddy, RS Glass Design
- James Witchell
- John Williamson, Ellison Art Glass
- Stuart Owen Norton
- Steve Robey
- Dave Thomas
- Aaron Stephens
Dreiser, P, and Matcham, J, (1982) The Techniques of Glass Engraving (London: Batsford)
Duthie, Arthur Louis, (1982) Decorative Glass Processes, 1908 (London: Dover reprint)
Frost, AC, and McGrath, R, (1961) Glass in Architecture and Decoration (London: The Architectural Press)
M Girouard, M, (1984) Victorian Pubs (Yale University Press)
B Stewart, B, (1983) Signwriting; a craftsman’s manual (Wiley-Blackwell)