Our Moray Walled Garden’s original outhouses have been expertly restored and converted into studios for a diverse range of local artisans.

 Giles Lawson Johnston Glass Engraver

Giles first started engraving with his late father, Andrew Lawson Johnston, when he was 8 years old – some 30 years ago! Andrew, Giles father, who was a very talented glass-engraver, held the Royal Warrant for artist in glass.

Specialist hand engraving uses a dentist’s drill with diamond tip burs to etch and carve images into the glass. This is usually all done on commission basis and is engraved on Crystal.
For the sand engraving, Giles sketches out an intricate design in black and white. It is then photographed onto a gel mask with a uv light box, and washed out and dried. The mask is then stuck onto the glass and taped up to protect from the sand. It is then sprayed with a sand gun by hand.  Once this has been cleaned up and polished, it creates a wonderful unique and easily personalised product.


“It gives me great pleasure to engrave and reminds me of when I was eight, engraving by my father’s side” My father devised an effective method of slicing and polishing pieces of glass cullet which he bought some twenty-five years ago. Originally these pieces came from the famous Whitefriars Glass factory in London, when it sadly closed after a distinguished 300 year history. When the furnaces were extinguished the molten glass was left to solidify. The result was huge blocks of lead crystal. These were broken up into more manageable sizes and are what we call cullet. This cullet will eventually run out and I believe these represent an investment opportunity in a most unusual, and unrepeatable art form. There is also the added attraction of being able to commission hand engraved images”
Giles Lawson Johnston

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