Heather Gillespie

Heather Gillespie

After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 Heather was fortunate enough to be asked to live and work for a year in the remote village of Kamenicky Senov in the Czech Republic. Mr. Peter Rath, part owner of the prestigious glass company of Lobmeyr in Vienna nurtured my skills and potential in glass and acted as her mentor for a year. Heather learnt a lot from him and can’t thank him enough for the time he gave to her. In the Czech Republic Heather spent her time studying glass techniques, refining her skills and perfecting the craft of copper wheel engraving, which she adores.

Copper wheel engraving is a satisfying and rewarding process but there are only a handful of engravers in the U.K. who are practicing this craft, producing exquisite work. Copper wheel engraving is a 16th century technique, which Heather likes to bring into the 21st century with her contemporary approach.

In 2008 Heather was selected for the Next Move scheme, which was run by the Crafts Council UK. Here she was placed at a University where she became artist in residence, and began to develop her work and build her career as a glass designer and maker.

Heather has worked with Calvin Klein Home, Liberty London, Selfridges, Nokia and is represented by Vessel Gallery in the UK.

Since returning to Cumbria Heather has grown even fonder of the unique beauty of this part of the world. The mountains, valleys and lakes are truly spectacular; this scenery has recently become the inspiration for her new collection of glass.