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James Denison-Pender Stipple Engraving

Pure Luxury! Only over weeks and months stipple engraving  leads to a sophisticated, ephemere illustration on krystal glass surface! James Denison-Pender is living this luxury being one of the few skilled masters engaged in this artificial old handicraft and extreme time consuming technique to bring nearly photorealistic illustrations on glass. Everybody looking is captivated by magical fascination.
Portrait_denison-pender James Denison-Pender was born in London in 1942. He took up engraving as a hobby, entirely self-taught, in 1967. In 1972 he left the computer industry to make engraving his full-time career. He joined the Guild of Glass Engravers in 1975, and was elected a Fellow in 1980.
He exhibits regularly with the Guild, and more recently with the Scottish Glass Society, which he joined in 1996. His many other exhibitions include Sheppard & Cooper and Asprey in London, Portraits Inc. and Mallett in New York, The 1980 Newbury Spring Festival, Falle Fine Arts in Jersey and Whytock & Reid in Edinburgh. A frequent visitor to Africa, he exhibited at the 1st World Wilderness Congress in Johannesburg in 1977, and with the African Wildlife Foundation in Washington DC. He also exhibited at The Fleming Collection in London in 2012 and with Alexander Meddowes Fine Arts in Edinburgh in 2014. He lived in Cumbria from 1974 to 1993, when he moved to Scotland.

Stipple engraving on glass originated in Holland in the 18th.century, and reached its peak around 1740-1770. By 1810 it had disappeared, but it was rediscovered in the 1930s in Great Britain, where it is now enjoying a revival. Pictures are made up of tones created by tiny dots scratched on the surface of the glass with a diamond or tungsten carbide point. The more dots applied the lighter the tone achieved, the lightest tone being where the whole surface has been removed. The half tones depend on the dots being separated by minute areas of clear glass. Full lead crystal is needed for this to be achieved without the surface breaking up. Because the whole process is done by hand, without machinery or acid, it can take a month or more to engrave a single goblet. For his larger engravings James combines stipple engraving with drill engravinf using diamond and carburundum burrs, as in the examples below.