x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Delicate glass etchings from Nancy Sutcliffe

Deep carvings give these hand-drilled pieces the illusion of being three-dimensional.

Marked Man by Nancy Sutcliffe. Courtesy of Nancy Sutcliffe
Marked Man by Nancy Sutcliffe. Courtesy of Nancy Sutcliffe

I started my working life as a medical illustrator, and after a career in publishing and at a large London teaching hospital, I left to work as a freelance commercial illustrator.

What I do now is basically the same thing, but I use a small hand-held drill with diamond and stone burs to "draw" and carve my illustrations on crystal.

I have been a professional glass engraver for 10 years, working mainly for galleries or juried exhibitions and doing the occasional commission.

I do intaglio engraving, which is deeply carved into the glass and gives the illusion of three-dimensions.

My constant inspiration is the human figure and my aim is to elicit an emotional response to my work. I often inlay my engraving with gold leaf, which gives a lustre and richness to the pieces.

I came to the UAE three years ago and have found it very stimulating creatively.

I have twice been accepted into the British Glass Biennale, and at the end of last year was elected a fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers, the professional body for my craft.

Everything I make is unique, a one-off. My most recent piece, Marked Man, has a golden tattooed arm, and has received a lot of interest.

At the moment I am making pieces to exhibit in the UK, Sweden and the US, but I would like to be able to show some of my work in the UAE.

Find out more at www.nancysutcliffe.co.uk and www.facebook.com/NancySutcliffeGlassEngraver. Or contact nancy@nancysutcliffe.co.uk