Nancy Sutcliffe worked as a medical illustrator before becoming a glass engraver, and her early training and interest in anatomy has informed much of her work in glass.
Through her experiments with gold leaf and how it might be applied to engraved glass, Nancy has developed a characteristic style.
Nancy has work in public and private collections. She exhibits internationally, most notably as a finalist in the Toyama International Glass Exhibition 2018 in Japan and in 2014 at the Coburg Glass Prize, Germany.
Nancy graduated from North Staffs Polytechnic in 1979 with a degree in design. She worked as a scientific and medical illustrator in London before moving to Herefordshire in 1989.
From her studio in Canon Bridge she began to experiment with decorative glass techniques. A chance meeting with local stipple engraver Jan Studerus led nancy to join the Guild of Glass Engravers and subsequently take a course in drill engraving.
Nancy began to explore the possibilities of combining glass engraving with gilding, and this has become characteristic of her practice.
The work on show here is experimental in nature and draws together several fascinating techniques. Multiple sheets of thin glass are engraved, painted, water gilded with gold leaf, and sandwiched together.
Nancy is a tutor in drill engraving at West Dean College, UK, and has also taught at Boda Glasbruk, Sweden; Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany; and the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA.
She exhibits internationally in museums and galleries. She also works to commission.