Very often beautifully engraved designs on glass are spoilt by poor lettering This is because, although the engraver can draw, the work shows little knowledge of the principles of good lettering and calligraphy. In this book Charmian Mocatta reveals the thought processes and considerations needed before developing a design where letters predominate, the importance of working with light, and how sandblast are explained. This is a practical handbook which uses the work of well-known calligraphers and letterers who engrave glass to illustrate the text.
Charmian Mocatta discovered glass as a medium after studying calligraphy and lettering, at the Roehampton Institute (now the University of Roehampton). She has taught at various art colleges and workshops throughout the UK.
A member of the Guild of Glass Engravers since 1988, she regularly shows at exhibitions held by the Guild and by the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, particularly Fine Words, Fine Books in 1992 and Celebration of Calligraphy in 1996. Her work was selected for the Crafts Council 1995 touring exhibition, Codes and messages: Lettering Todayand for the exhibition Spring Open! – Millennium Surroundings, at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland in 2000. She works to commission and her engraved letterforms on glass are in private collections worldwide and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
1st edition 2001, Pb, 112pp, full colour plates throughout, 16.5 x 23.5cm